AUPE files for me­di­a­tion for U of L work­ers

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Nick Kuhl LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD nkuhl@leth­bridge­herald.com Fol­low @NKuh­lHer­ald on Twit­ter

The Al­berta Union of Pro­vin­cial Em­ploy­ees has filed for me­di­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Lethbridge, fol­low­ing a year of in­tense bar­gain­ing, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Fri­day.

The AUPE, in a news re­lease, said ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down Sept. 7 when the univer­sity sub­mit­ted “a num­ber of un­sat­is­fac­tory pro­pos­als.”

“The univer­sity has shown it­self un­will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the is­sues that mat­ter to our mem­bers,” said AUPE vi­cepres­i­dent Su­san Slade in the re­lease. “There are ap­prox­i­mately 500 AUPE mem­bers work­ing the front lines at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge, and they de­serve a con­tract that re­flects the value of their work.”

The Her­ald sought a com­ment from the U of L on Fri­day but the re­quest was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

“Our mem­bers de­serve a fair deal,” said Slade. “Right now, we feel the best way to get that is with the as­sis­tance of a me­di­a­tor. The univer­sity ac­cu­mu­lated a bud­getary sur­plus of nearly $206 mil­lion in 2017, so why are they try­ing to nickel-and-dime their staff? If they have the means to im­prove con­di­tions for front­line staff, who have en­dured in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult work­loads, then that’s what they should do.”

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