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OUTSIDER: the VOICE of the TUTOR     Volume 7 Issue 4

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3911 Bargaining Update

Your 3911 Bargaining Committee last met with AU on February 9th, with our next union-employer meeting being scheduled for the end of May. So far, we have exchanged proposals regarding non-compensable items and are continuing to try to schedule more meetings to speed up the process. Though these meetings are confidential and we cannot disclose details about what is discussed, we will continue to keep members updated on our progress.

To learn more about the bargaining process, please read the post on our website here -

Congratulations Dougal MacDonald - Recipient of Alberta Federation of Labour May Day Award!

Local 3911 is pleased to announce that our co-chair, Dougal MacDonald, is the recipient of the 2017 Alberta Federation of Labour May Day Award. Dougal has a long history of activism and has been providing leadership in the labour movement and we are thrilled to see him recognized for all his work...


CUPE Adds its Voice to the Third-Party Review

Your Co-Chairs and Executive members met with Ken Coates, the Third-Party Reviewer, on Monday afternoon, April 10.  We shared a CUPE vision statement with him, to emphasize the vital role that we play at AU as the front line educators. We found Dr. Coates to be thoughtful and respectful, with a complex understanding of AU problems and potentials. We felt that our concerns were heard and taken seriously by the Third-Party Reviewer.  We await the outcome of his Report, due at the end of April...


Bill 7: What has Changed for

Alberta's Academic Workers?

Recently, workers employed at post-secondary academic institutions in Alberta pondered two important issues. One, was how could the Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA), which governs Alberta’s universities, colleges, and technical institutes, be revised to more favour the workers’ interests, in light of the fact that the workers now had to be granted the right to strike. The other related issue was whether Alberta’s academic workers should stay under the PSLA, which is a universities act to which an anti-democratic labour relations regime has been grafted, or move under the provincial Labour Relations Code (LRC), as is the case in the other nine provinces?


Essential Services Must not
Undermine the Right to Strike

Public sector workers in Alberta and their unions have waged a sustained fight for full bargaining rights including the right to strike ever since the 1970s when the Lougheed government banned public sector strikes. Workers waged this fight on the basis that as workers who create wealth and provide the services that Canadians need, they have a right to wages, benefits, and pensions commensurate with their work and qualifications, and to working conditions that allow them to carry out their responsibilities to the people of Alberta.  ​


Visit our New Facebook Page!

We have started a new Facebook Page to help keep our members informed and up to date on the latest labour news that affects them. Be sure to Follow or Like us at Our old Facebook page will be deactivated in the near future.
Next CUPE General Membership Meeting:
April 22, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
All Members Welcome!

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The CUPE newsletter is published by Local 3911. We welcome your submissions, letters and comments. Opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author and not necessarily those of CUPE Local 3911.

Communications Officer: Dougal MacDonald
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