Congratulations to Oil Sands UPS Employees

UPS security guards in the Alberta Oil Sands can finally put the drawn out saga with the Specialty and Temporary Employees Union (STEU) behind them. On March 28, 2013, the Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB), Mark Asbell, signed a consent order ending the nearly two year battle around union repetition. 

CLICK HERE to find a copy of the ALRB’s correspondence, the newly issued union certification, and the ALRB consent order. 

The primary outcome of the order for UPS security guards will be the repayment of union dues that were deducted from their pay cheques and remitted to the STEU. UPS will be returning all dues deducted from guards' pay cheques no later than April 15, 2013. Current UPS guards can expect to see the money directly deposited into their accounts. Reimbursements for former employees will occur either via direct deposit or cheque.

If any past or present UPS security guard does not receive their STEU union dues reimbursement by April 15, 2013, they have 120 days to make a claim. If any UPS employees making a claim about failure to receive their STEU reimbursement need assistance, please contact Archie Duckworth at or 403-861-2121. 

Other victories for UPS security guards in the consent order include: 

Union access to work sites, 

Union orientation, 

the ability to post Union literature, 

and the settlement of unfair labour practises filed against the employer. 

The Negotiating Committee and the company will be meeting  again April 17, 18 and 19 of this month. Please visit this website for more information on the consent order and negotiation updates.