AUPE files for mediation for ULethbridge workers

September 21, 2018

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has filed for mediation with the University of Lethbridge, reports the Lethbridge Herald. AUPE states that negotiations broke down when ULethbridge submitted “a number of unsatisfactory proposals.” AUPE VP Susan Slade told the Herald that “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.” Slade also alleged that the university was attempting to “nickle-and-dime their staff” while reporting a budgetary surplus of nearly $206M. ULethbridge pushed back against AUPE’s claims, stating that the $206M includes the university's net assets and restricted funds, and therefore does not accurately reflect funds that are available for ongoing operating expenses. Lethbridge Herald (AUPE) | Lethbridge Herald (U of L)