(Advocate file photo).

(Advocate file photo).

Arbitrator overrules UCP rollbacks to RDC’s education workers

AUPE workers get 1 per cent increase instead

An arbitrator rejected the Alberta government’s wage rollbacks to unionized Red Deer College workers, and instead awarded them a retroactive pay increase of one per cent.

Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees at seven post-secondary institutions, including RDC, are celebrating an independent arbitrator’s rejection of the employer’s attempt to cut worker salaries by two per cent, and instead awarding workers a one per cent pay increase.

“Once again, an independent arbitrator has thoroughly rejected rollbacks for public sector workers,” said Kevin Barry, a vice-president of AUPE. “Independent experts agree that rollbacks don’t make economic sense.

The decision will affect over 2,300 workers across seven post-secondary institutions. They can expect to receive a payment reflecting the hours they worked between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

The post-secondary institutions affected are the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Norquest College, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, Lakeland College, Northern Lakes College, and Red Deer College.

Arbitrator David Tettensor wrote in his decision that rejecting the proposed rollbacks and awarding a pay increase is “fair and reasonable” and “in the best interest of the public.”



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