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Bargaining Update: University of Calgary Support Staff

Employer cancels bargaining dates, tables monetary proposal

May 21, 2021

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Local 052

Although the Employer cancelled scheduled bargaining dates in April and May, they did table their monetary proposal:


  • A rollback of -3% retroactive to April 1, 2020
  • 0% increases for 2021, 2022, and 2023

Reduction of Annual Salary Increments:

For members who are not at the maximum of their current salary range, the employer proposes to reduce the annual salary progression increment within job bands from 3% to 2%.

For example, a SPA 1 staff member hired at $23.01 an hour would take 20 years to reach the max pay for their job ($34.01) with only 2%.

Benefit Plans:

Currently, the employer pays 100% for Extended Health and Dental benefits. They are proposing to change these to 50 employer-paid and 50% employee-paid.

For members with family coverage, based on current premiums, this translates to an additional $135 per month that would be deducted from your paycheques with the costs likely increasing over time.

Additional Reductions to Salary Possible

The employer stated they have identified maximum salary rates for several positions as being “over-market” and may propose salary reductions for specific positions. They have not yet disclosed which positions and how much of a reduction they are seeking.

Bargaining Session Summary:

We were able to sign off on three items: 1) we reached agreement on which items were not being opened by either party; 2) we agreed that notice given by either party in the course of business can be in the form of an email; and 3) we agreed on the deletion of the Hotel Alma Letter Of Understanding.

Reminder: Telephone Town Hall May 26 @ 7 p.m.

Your negotiating team needs to hear from you.

There is a Telephone Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday May 26 @ 7 p.m. where you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, ask live questions about the negotiation process.

Please ensure your contact information, including your phone number is up to date in your MyAUPE profile before the end of day Monday, May 24. (Instructions below).

Next Bargaining Dates:

We are scheduled to meet with the employer on June 9 & 10.

Your Local 52 Negotiations Team

Justin Huseby -

Marla Halsted -

Renata Gordon -

Barb McCutcheon -

Frank Snow -

Dale Perry, AUPE Staff Negotiator -

How to Update Your Contact Information: Login in here: If you have never logged into your MyAUPE account, please sign in for the first time using this link:
NOTE: You will need your AUPE member number (not the same as your UCID) to log in and update your information. If you do not know your AUPE member number: you can reply to Justin Huseby and he will send it to you as soon as possible, or, you can call AUPE at 1-800-232-7284 to ask for it.

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