Marle Roberts – Keep building our momentum

Speaking to delegates in the same room she was elected President of CUPE Alberta seven years ago, Marle Roberts told the hall this was the most positive report she’s ever given.

“We’ve had some struggles this year, but seldom have I seen us progress so far in so short a time,” said Roberts.

Roberts reported that Alberta unions are on the cusp of achieving joint trusteeship of public sector pension plans after decades of lobby attempts and political action.

“Future governments will not be able to change our pension plan without our consent.”

Dramatic improvements to labour laws have been made in the last year under the Notley NDP government making it easier to join a union, improving working conditions and rebuilding the Workers Compensation Board to serve injured workers better.

“This is what happens when you tie union activism with ballot box support and elect a labour friendly government,” said Roberts.

Roberts told delegates CUPE has to work hard to re-elect the NDP in next year’s provincial election and make every effort to prevent Jason Kenney from becoming Premier.

“Jason Kenney wants to limit government spending to the same level as British Columbia. That’s a 20% cut in spending,” said Roberts.  “Look at your table. For every five people, take one of them out. Because that’s what Kenney and the UCP are all about.”

“And to what end? Jason Kenney wants to bring back the flat tax, resulting in huge tax cuts to people who earn over $125,000 per year. “

“It’s been an exciting year. I can’t remember a time in which we made so much progress so quickly.  Let’s do everything we can to keep building this momentum and keeping it going.”

Premier Rachel Notley to address CUPE Alberta convention

For the first time ever, CUPE Alberta’s annual convention will hear from the Premier of Alberta.

While Rachel Notley has spoken to CUPE in the past, this will be the first time since the NDP came to power in 2015, and the first time for any Premier.

Notley is no stranger to union conventions. Prior to her political life she worked as a union representative for the United Nurses of Alberta and the Health Sciences Association of BC.

The Premier’s address comes after a year of worker-friendly labour law reforms by her government.

Alberta has seen changes to the Labour Code, the Employment Standards Act, and the Workers Compensation Board. This fall, Alberta will become the first Canadian province to adopt a $15/hour minimum wage.

Convention 2018

CUPE Alberta’s annual convention will be held March 14-16, 2018 in Grande Prairie

Education Day will be March 17

The convention will be held at the Grande Prairie Holiday Inn Hotel Suites and Conference Center.
For Reservations call:  1-780-402-6886

Convention details

  • Registration  March 13 @ 7 pm
  • Convention  March 14 – March 16
  • Education Day March 17
  • Convention Call


CUPE Alberta Awards

CUPE Alberta would like to recognize members at Division Convention 2018 who have contributed in the following areas:

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 December 31, 2017.  Click here for application form.


CUPE Alberta Health & Safety Award

canary_bannerDo you know a member who has made a significant contribution in the area of health and safety in Alberta?  If so, we would like to hear from you!

Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017  Click here for more information.



Please submit applications.