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Edmonton skilled apprentices file petition to unionize

Edmonton skilled apprentices file petition to unionize
Edmonton skilled apprentices file petition to unionize

Last week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released its first report on new applications filed in July 2024. It was an application for union certification.

Local 3350 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees filed the application on June 27, 2024.

This local representative represents educational support staff employed by Edmonton Public Schools. However, until now, there has been a large group of support staff in Edmonton that was not represented by a union: specialized learning support advisors.

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Edmonton Public Schools employs approximately 250 specialized learning support consultants. They assist teachers and other education staff in planning or adapting student programs, supporting transitions between grade levels and programs, and creating an inclusive learning environment.

This multidisciplinary team provides services in a wide range of areas including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and adapted physical education, deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, orientation and mobility, assistive technology for learning,
mental health and English as a second language.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow where the employer will have the opportunity to argue why they believe these workers should not be able to join Local 3550.

If the ALRB approves the application, they will organize and conduct a certification vote, giving employees the opportunity to choose whether to affiliate with Local 3550.

Should the workers democratically choose to join Local 3550, their priority will be to elect a bargaining committee. This committee will be tasked with negotiating an initial contract for these workers.

The ALRB does not archive its new application reports, so I am attaching a copy of this report below.

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