CUPE Alberta Equality Award

InukshukIn addition to being a work of art, inukshuk means “to act in the capacity of a human.”

CUPE Locals in Alberta are invited to submit nominations for the CUPE Alberta Equality award.

The Equality award recognizes CUPE members whose work on equality issues has made a difference.

Deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016.  Click here for more details

CUPE Alberta Health & Safety Award

Nominate a member who has made a significant contribution to the area of health and safety in Alberta.

Click here to find out more details and a nomination form.

Alberta delegates elected at National Convention

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts was one of three delegates from Alberta elected to CUPE’s National Executive Board at the recent CUPE convention in Vancouver.

Roberts was re-elected to the position of General Vice President (BC & Alberta).  In addition to Roberts, David Graham (CUPE 941 – St. Albert Municipal Workers) was elected as Regional Vice President (Alberta) and Gloria Lepine (CUPE 3550 – Edmonton Public School Support Workers) was elected as Diversity Vice President.

You can see the whole list of newly elected National Executive Board members here.

Contracted snow clearing costs ten times more than in house: CUPE

snow CALGARY – The President of the union representing most Alberta municipal workers reacted to news that Calgary taxpayers paid ten times more for snow clearing on bike paths than they would if the work had been done by city employees.

Reports indicate that clearing the snow using a private contractor cost $726.14 per centimeter of snowfall. Snow clearing done by Calgary City staff cost $72.65 per centimeter.

“This is just another example, in a long list of examples, where public services are offered more affordably than private, contracted out services,” said CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts.

“Governments are all too eager to give work away on the theory that it will be cheaper, when time after time, it’s actually more expensive.”

Roberts called upon the City of Calgary to abandon the use of contractors for snow removal.

“It’s clear we get better service at a better price from the proud and dedicated employees of the City of Calgary.”


City workers going the extra mile during flood

CALGARY – The leadership of three local unions representing City of Calgary employees thanked their members today for their hard work during the current flood crisis.

The Presidents of Locals 37, 38 and 709 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said their members have been working around the clock to keep Calgarians safe, and to help them in any way possible.


CUPE 37 President Don Monroe said many city employees are working 20 hour days.  “Our members are rising to the call, the community needs them, and they are there. Without everyone doing their part – the crisis could be a lot worse.”
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