The letter to AUPE President Guy Smith said that once the job protection agreement is complete, the government would use “all available options” under the collective agreement to support the government`s plan to balance the budget by 2022-23. “Public sector deficits and debts are decisions made by governments,” he said. Between 1997 and 2006, the AUPE was rebuilt. While membership continued to decline in the early years of the decade, the framework conditions eventually reversed. A booming economy, with a growing labour shortage, has provided a much better climate for organization and negotiations. AUPE used its collective muscles in illegal but effective work actions and began to attract an unprecedented number of new members through mergers and organizations. Section 150.1 of the Labour Relations Act requires the filing of collective agreements within 30 days of the conclusion of the contract. Once an agreement has been negotiated, it can undergo several changes before signing and submitting a final copy, which can take months. When negotiations got sogged down in 1990 and the government fueled its divestiture of personnel services, local 006`s social workers went on a 22-day strike for workloads and personnel. Local 003 prison officers then led a seven-day strike over pensions and early retirement, which they won.
Local 054 General Support Service employees also held a one-day strike at the Alberta Hospital. .