Your dedicated bargaining team, led by our very capable CUPE Alberta representative Jennifer Chretien, has almost finished negotiating the new contract. We have now completed negotiations on all the non-compensable (non-money) items, including the two items which were slowing us down a bit. While collective bargaining always involves give and take we avoided making any serious concessions to the employer. Once the non-compensable items were settled and signed off by both sides, what remained were the compensable (money) related items. These items include earnings, vacations and leave, expenses, professional development, and benefits.
We met with the representatives of the AU administration on March 22 with the goal of totally wrapping up the bargaining. We were almost successful; just a few minor details now need to be straightened out before we can sign off. We will be meeting April 16 to complete this work and get the new contract signed by both sides. Once the formalities have been completed, it will of course be put to a vote by all the members of CUPE 3911. Members should be aware that the new contract retroactive to the date on which the old contract ended, which is June, 2016. That was not a given but we did bargain for it successfully.