City of Edmonton Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Committee Members

John Mervyn


Sterling Valentine

Parks and Roadways

Rob Marianix

GVP – Civic (from Parks and Roadways)


Chief Shop Steward – Community Standards

Mark Brezowski

National Rep

Dennis Gane

Chief Shop Steward – Waste

Zach Popowich



The Collective Agreement between the City of Edmonton and CUPE Local 30 expired on December 22, 2018. As per the Alberta Labour Relations Code, the current agreement remains in effect until a new agreement is negotiated and ratified.

The Pre-bargaining committee collected the surveys and input from members and feel confident that our proposals reflect what we heard from members

The bargaining process usually starts with a meeting to introduce the teams to each other, set ground rules and exchange proposals. At the second meeting, the proposals are broken down into three categories: monetary, non-monetary and housekeeping. Monetary items deal with anything that has an incremental or new cost, non-monetary items attempt to provide new or improved language with which to administer the agreement, and housekeeping corrects spelling and grammar errors.  Finally, as bargaining continues the parties discuss the under-lying interests of their proposals and try to fashion win/win solutions. Proposals that the teams can’t reach agreement on are withdrawn or tabled. At, or near, the end of bargaining some tabled items may be traded to facilitate a negotiated agreement. Bargaining usually starts with non-monetary items and advances to monetary issues. 

If the parties fail to reach a negotiated agreement, they can apply (separately or jointly) to Mediation Services (Government of Alberta) requesting the services of a mediator who can hopefully help the parties reach a negotiated agreement. If an agreement is not concluded in mediation and, subsequent to a two-week cooling down period, the Union can legally strike or take job action and/or the employer can lock out their workers.


The City’s Executive Leadership Team called all of the Union Presidents (CSU 52, CUPE 30, ATU 569 and IBEW 1007) to a meeting on March 11, 2019 to inform them of City Council’s mandate of 0% for wage increases in both 2019 and 2020, along with no other increases to any monetary items. This is an unprecedented action that signals a round of archaic hard bargaining and borders on an unfair labour practice.


The negotiating committee has met 3 times with the City and has discussed non-monetary items such as language in the contract. The Union’s goal is to expedite bargaining with the constraint of providing a fair and reasonable offer to the membership. Your patience is appreciated.


The Unions goal is to expedite bargaining with the constraint of providing a fair and reasonable offer to the membership. However, with the City’s mandate of 0% and no increase in other areas, this round of bargaining could be long and we may have some hard choices ahead of us.


John Mervyn


April 15, 2019

The Bargaining Committee will be presenting Local 30’s proposals for bargaining on April 17, 2019

Once the membership  has approved the proposals, we can move ahead with the exchange with the city. This is currently scheduled for April 23, 2019.

Our first four (4) bargaining dates are May 1, 6, 13, and 27.

Please remember that dates can change or get cancelled. We are communicating with the other unions to keep pace with them so we can work together. So far, only ATU (Transit) has exchanged proposals with the City of Edmonton.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Shop Steward.

Civic Bargaining Update
March 25, 2019

Hello Everyone,

Due to the City of Edmonton deliberations and approval of the 2019 – 2022 budget, they were not ready to start bargaining with any union.
Local 30 and ATU were scheduled to be the first to exchange on March 22, 2019 with the other unions exchanging a few weeks later.
With the resignation of Business Agent Rick Colwell, this is going to delay the process a few weeks while the bargaining committee chooses a new spokesperson and gets them up to date. This will put us on a similar time frame as CSU 52.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at or 780-426-6050