Bargaining Update and News Article


We shared on January 20th that we had applied to the Labour Board for Exemption to Essential Services, this was also shared in our General Membership Meeting on January 25th, which is reflected in our meeting minutes, to this website, as well as our social pages; an email to our internal communications was also sent to check the website. The one and only update is the application was Granted on March 8.

There was an article published on the weekend (Saturday, March 19) which states “RDP Staff and Faculty looking at strike if negotiations don’t improve” – if you read the article …I stated exactly what I stated in our meetings and in communications. Nowhere did “I” say strike, so while I see this has concerned some of you, this is a step in a process. Yes, the application was approved which means we will now go to mediation, which is also a step; from mediation depending on how that goes, the next step will proceed.

I promise, I will keep you posted as we learn details that we can share; I assure you that we have your best interest at heart and would never enter into something without membership approval. We represent you and you will not be going on strike unless you are informed in advance, and it will not be a news article that will share this information…you will hear it from me and it will be a collective decision by members of 1445.



CUPE Alberta Education Day

CUPE Alberta Education Day, March 15 – 9 am to 4:30 pm – REGISTER NOW

There are five sessions available:

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    • Introduction to Bill 32
    • Bill 32 Ledger Updates

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

    • Conflict Skills for Union Activists
      • You must have taken Introduction to Stewarding prior to registering for this course.

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    • Financial Officers Clinic
    • MRM Access Training – Data Entry and Query Users

Click here to register and to see more information about the sessions. You can attend one or two sessions. When registering, please note the time of the workshop so that you do not register for two sessions that are during the same time frame.

 Register now as spaces are limited, deadline to register is March 8.

Bargaining Update


Bargaining has reached an impasse; An application will be made to the Labour Board for Exemption to Essential Services. Next steps will follow as required.

CUPE Workshops (January & February)

Below are the scheduled workshops for January and February. If you are interested, link information to register is below, along with dates and times.

January 21 – 9:00am – 4:00pm Health & Safety – An Introduction – Part 1 and Part 2

January 28 – 9:00am – 4:0pm Introduction to Stewarding – Part 1 and Part 2

February 15 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Duty of Fair Representation

February 24 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Intro to Stewarding – Part 1

February 25 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Intro to Stewarding – Part 2

February 28 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm SLS – Notetaking

March 3 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm Trustee Orientation

CUPE Awards Celebration – Vicki Mix and Grace Taylor award winners!!

CUPE Awards PowerPoint 2021

Vicki Mix Award

  • Vicki held a few different positions at RDC between 1988 and 2016, the last of which was Administrative Assistant in the Vice President – Academic Office.
  • She was a role model to many and will long be remembered for:
  • her relationships with fellow employees,
  • interpersonal skills and cooperation with others on campus,
  • her personal and professional growth, and
  • duties fulfilled in an outstanding fashion.

2021 winner: Anna King



Grace Taylor
patience, kindness, competence, understanding, humor

  • Grace was a Payroll Clerk at Red Deer College from 1977 – 1984
  • She was a dedicated employee who always gave 110% to her job.
  • She will long be remembered for her patience, kindness, competence, understanding and humor.

2021 winner: June Traptow!