MacLennan resigned in 2006 to pursue a new career in the private sector. He was replaced by Doug Knight, who was elected in a by-election at the AUPE annual meeting in October 2006. Knight had worked as a Land Management Specialist for the Government of Alberta based in Red Deer and was a member of AUPE Local 005, which represents the government`s natural resources government staff. He had come to AUPE in 1989, when he started working for the government. Prior to his election as president, he was Local 005`s representative on the union`s provincial board of directors. Among the historical milestones of the CSA are: pensions in 1923. Group life insurance 1934. 1947 Check-off of contributions. Mileage in 1948. A 40-hour week in 1955. Four weeks of vacation after 24 years in 1956. Classification appeal procedure in 1957. CSA`s first agreement with a board of directors in 1958 – for Department 23 of the University of Alberta Hospital.

Half of which was paid by the employer in 1967. New legislation recognized by the CSA in 1968 as the sole negotiator of Crown staff as well as certain boards of directors and agencies. In the mid-1990s, aupe experienced a decline in membership due to the privatization of some public services during provincial management by Premier Ralph Klein. The number of members fell to about 35,000 in 1995. However, under the leadership of Dan MacLennan, a Calgary prison guard elected in 1997, AUPE rebuilt itself and registered more than 60,000 members. MacLennan`s efforts were supported by the growing moderation of small government policy in the years following the cuts of the mid-1990s, as well as rapid economic and population growth in the province of Alberta. According to the AUPE, the government wants to move a number of jobs to a lower-paid classification, reduce the flexible expense account and reduce some overtime pay. The collective agreement has expired and is being renegotiated by the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Therefore, printed copies of the agreement are not currently distributed. The years 1987 to 1996 were a difficult decade for AUPE, with layoffs and privatizations under the provincial government led by Premier Ralph Klein. At the 1979 convention, Booth asked delegates to make 1980 a „test year“ for negotiations.

AUPE then took control of the government with its „Apples & Oranges Campaign,“ a reference to government members` claim that comparing 47% wage increases for MLAs with one-digit salary increases for public employees, such as comparing apples and oranges. Most AUPE members are employed in the public sector. . . .

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