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Letter of Understanding # 15 Common Interest Forum Meetings

​Master Agreement Between the Government of the Province of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees​​​


LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING #15
COMMON INTEREST FORUM MEETINGS

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BETWEEN:

​​THE CROWN IN RIGHT OF ALBERTA
(The Employer)

- and -

THE ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES
(The Union)​

​The Parties acknowledge Alberta Public Service Employees provide services that contribute to a high quality of life for all Albertans. It is this commitment to our Vision of “Proudly working together to build a stronger province for current and future generations" that sets our organization apart.

The Employer and the Union recognize the need to work together and act responsibly to balance the interests of Albertans, the Government of Alberta and our Employees / members. To facilitate greater understanding and ongoing dialogue on the issues which we collectively face, the Parties agree to the establishment of a Common Interest Forum where such discussions can take place.

Although not intended to limit the scope of discussions between the Parties, areas which may be discussed include:

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  • ​The provision of services and staffing requirements.
  • Situations where current Employees and their work are moved to a non-broad public sector employer.
  • The utilization of Temporary and Wage employment.

​​The following principles shall apply to the meetings of this forum:​



  • ​The ​meetings will be held every six (6) months, or as agreed to by both Parties.
  • The meetings will be restricted to the Public Service Commissioner with three (3) other representatives of the Employer, and the President of the Union with three (3) other representatives of the Union, unless otherwise agreed to by both Parties.
  • Discussions between the Parties which take place during these meetings will be privileged and without prejudice to the legal interests of either party unless there is mutual agreement between the Employer and the Union to share any of the information outside the meetings.​

​​Each party will be responsible for their representatives' salary and any travel costs associated with these meetings.​

Should either Party wish to withdraw from this agreement notice in writing must be served on the other Party not less than ninety (90) calendar days prior to the requested change.

This Letter of Understanding shall not form part of the Collective Agreement and, therefore, is not subject to the grievance or arbitration process set out in Article 29 of the Master Agreement.​


Dated this 27th day of November, 2018.

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ORIGINAL SIGNED BY

 

______________________________                             ______________________________

LANA LOUGHEED                                                 GUY SMITH

Public Service Commissioner                             President, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees​


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