Collective Agreement & Negotiations

Memo of Agreement Signed

Your bargaining committee has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the employer.

Your ratification vote will be done through mail-in ballots to accommodate the many Local 020 members working throughout the province. More details about your ratification vote will be shared with you soon.

Term and Wages

This is a 3 year agreement with Base Pay Adjustments of 0% for year 1 (2017/2018); 0% for year 2 (2018/2019) and a wage re-opener for year 3 (2019/2020). Negotiations on the wage re-opener would begin no later than September 30, 2019 and if we are unable to agree on a general salary adjustment by October 31, 2019, either we or the employer can seek interest arbitration.

Effective April 1, 2017, all workers whose salaries were below the base pay maximum will receive a salary adjustment of 1% or progression to the base pay maximum rate, whichever is less. The same 1% provision also applies to all workers effective April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.

Employees who have left ATB prior to contract ratification would receive the aforementioned increases upon written request, which includes by email, within 60 days of ratification.

More Agreement Details

Here are some more important changes in this new agreement:
• New language defining Acting Incumbency and Short Term Incumbency designations, as well as establishing the trigger points as well as minimum and maximum time frames for both roles;
• Deleted language that restricted Weekend Premiums to workers who work weekends “as part of her regularly scheduled work week;”
• Callback Pay is now for “all hours worked and the time spent traveling directly to and from work;”
• Telephone consultation compensation is now a “minimum of 30 minutes per call at applicable overtime rate;”
• Amended language where travel is required for Bereavement Leave, increasing pay when you have to travel between 250 and 750 KMs one-way. If you need to travel further, bereavement leave with pay would be extended by 29 additional hours;
• A worker is now considered to have abandoned their position and deemed to have resigned if they are absent from work for 3 consecutive work days “without prior authorization” of a senior official of the employer. Workers will not be considered to have “abandoned” their positions providing they have contacted and discussed the reason for their absence with their “direct leader;”
• Increased reimbursement amount if you are required to provide a medical certificate or proof of attendance from $75 to $100;
• New language specifying that workers will be reimbursed to a maximum of $125 per incurred expense if the employer requests additional medical information;
• Customer Service Specialist no longer have a 12 month probationary period. All Permanent Employee positions now have probationary periods of 6 months;
• If your position has been abolished, you will now receive an “allowance” rather than a “reimbursement of expenses” of one $1000, plus $100 for each full year of continuous service, for up to 6 months for retraining, career counseling and/or job searching.

Your bargaining committee is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout the entire negotiations process. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee or AUPE resource staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.


Laura Mitchell
Christine Fawcett
Patricia George
Shanna Torok


Terry Luhoway, Negotiator
1-800-232-7284 or

Farris Sobhani, Organizer
780-271-0728 or

Alexander Delorme, Communications
780-930-3333 or