AUPE files for mediation for U of L workers
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.”