Fonds PR0059 - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees fonds

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Alberta Union of Provincial Employees fonds

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    • 1918-2009 (Creation)

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    66.00 m of textual records and other material

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    The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) was legally established in 1976 as the successor body to the Civil Service Association (CSA). The Civil Service Association of Alberta Act was repealed June 14th, 1976 and AUPE was incorporated under The Societies Act on the same date. All interests of the CSA were transferred from the CSA and vested in AUPE.

    At the time of its establishment, AUPE had over 24,000 members in 76 branches. Collectively, the members own the Union. AUPE members are employed in occupations ranging from trades and maintenance staff to clerical, nursing, teaching and technical work. Many members are employed by departments, agencies or boards of the provincial government while others work for municipal or private sector employers. Besides headquarters in Solidarity Place in Edmonton, AUPE maintains regional offices throughout the province. All of their offices are staffed by union representatives and support staff.; The primary functions and activities of AUPE are: to develop the education, training, skill and efficiency of its members; to promote and safeguard harmony between members of AUPE and government, or any board or agency of the government; to unite the members for their mutual improvement, socially, mentally and physically and for their protection and common and individual welfare; to bring about united action and to act on any matter or issue of common interest to the members, and; to enter into and attempt to conclude satisfactorily agreements between AUPE, or a delgated branch of the union and the government or any board or agency of the government.

    The affairs of AUPE are managed by a committee known as the Provincial Executive, consisting of the number of members ordained by the by-laws. This executive oversees the activities of the following committees: Members' Benefits Committee; Legislative Committee; Membership Services Committee; Finance Committee; Committee on Political Action; Occupational Health and Safety Committee; Anti-Privatization Committee; Women's Committee; and Pension Committee. Aupe is also an active participant in the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) with its president acting as a vice-president on the NUPGE National Executive Board.

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    The Civil Service Association of Alberta (CSA), the precursor to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, was founded on March 19, 1919 as a reaction by Albertan civil servants to working conditions that had deteriorated during World War One.

    The CSA was legally acknowledged by declaration of incorporation under the provincial Societies Act from 1919 to 1968. In 1968, the incorporation of the CSA came under the Civil Service Association of Alberta Act. Also in 1968, the Public Service Act (ch.81, Alberta Statutes) and the Crown Agencies Employee Relations Act (ch.17, Alberta Statutes) were enacted giving the CSA the sole right to negotiate on behalf of employees of the Government and on behalf of members who were employees of Crown Boards and Agencies. In 1972 both Acts were amended to include provisions for binding arbitration. On June 14, 1976 the Civil Service Association of Alberta Act was repealed and the successor organization, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, was incorporated under the Societies Act.

    The CSA was governed by annual conferences at which each branch was entitled to representation and delegates decided the course of the union for the following year. The Provincial Executive was also elected at the annual conference and charged with the responsibility of carrying out the conference delegates' decisions. In addition to the Executive, various branch committees were elected to assist with administration, including committees on grievances, recreation, and education.

    When the CSA was founded in 1919, the membership was approximately 450 and grew to over 24,000 members by 1976.

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    The fonds consists of the records created by both the Civil Service Association and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees from the inception of the CSA in 1919 to its present day incarnation. The fonds is made up of minutes of meetings, bulletins, labour relations files, negotiations, classification appeals, and affiliations relating to the running of AUPE as a whole and to individual branch operations. The fonds also contains material relating to constitutional matters and by-laws, administration, membership services, committees, publicity and annual conventions of both the CSA and AUPE. The fonds is divided into the Civil Service Association sous-fonds and the following series: labour relations; classification appeals; negotiations; CSA material and; public affairs.

    There are also scrapbooks containing clippings related to AUPE activities throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including scrapbooks devoted to the Health Care Employees Union of Alberta, a union that briefly splintered from AUPE in the 1980s before reintegrating back into AUPE. There is also a 1918 copy of the Constitution and Guidelines of the Brotherhood of Dominion Express Employees.

    The photographs and negatives included in the scrapbooks depict events such as AUPE training sessions, demonstrations, bargaining and arbitration sessions, staff members, and conventions. There is also a framed portrait of W.T. Aiken, the first president of the Civil Service Association of Alberta, the predecessor organization to AUPE.

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    The majority of the records of the Civil Service Association were donated in 1977 when the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees officially became the organizations' successor body. The remainder of the fonds was donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1999 directly from AUPE.


    The fonds is organized according to a previously existing inventory created by the Provincial Archives of Alberta and according to box lists provided by the orgainization.

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        Access Conditions: Access is restricted.

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        Other records concerning the activities of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and their interaction with the Government of Alberta can be found in the department of Labour, as well as in the Personnel Administration Office.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR2012.0264, PR1999.0623, PR1978.0229, PR2010.0652, PR2014.2131

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