CSU52 Declares Emergency Meetings as City of Edmonton Refuses Fair Negotiations

Our Coalition partners CSU52 are pushed to the limit. What happens to them WILL affect our negotiations. We must support their efforts to achieve a fair deal.

In a bold response to the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Library’s lack of movement in negotiating a fair deal, Civic Service Union 52 (CSU52) has called their membership to emergency meetings to address the escalating situation.

With negotiations at an impasse, CSU52 is set to apply to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a strike vote following the conclusion of the 14-day cooling-off period, slated to end January 30. 2024. CSU52’s Bargaining Committee has witnessed a lack of commitment from the City to reach a fair settlement. After enduring five years without a wage increase, CSU52 members now face the grim prospect of a city that refuses to consider their legitimate needs.

“We are left with no other option than to take a strike vote. While City Council has taken a 4.8% raise over the last two years, they are leaving City employees with their fifth year without a raise. Our membership can not afford to strike, but they also cannot afford to bear the brunt of this injustice any longer,” remarked CSU 52 President, Lanny Chudyk.

The union urges all members to attend the upcoming emergency meetings scheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2024, and Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at three different times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Edmonton Public LIbrary members are invited to attend emergency meetings on January 28 at 6:30pm. Members can find meeting information on csu52.org under the calendar tab.