City Negotiations | Ratification Result

Updated August 18, 2020

Information regarding City of Edmonton Negotiations will be posted here.

Posted August 18, 2020

The Union received notification on August 17, 2020 that City Council has ratified the two-year Collective Agreement which CSU 52 members ratified at the end of July.

With a finalized agreement, implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement can now begin.

Posted July 30, 2020

Thank you to all CSU 52 members who participated in the ratification vote on the proposed Memorandum of Agreement.

The majority have voted YES to accept the proposed agreement.  The Memorandum of Agreement has been ratified by the Union.

The next step is for City Council to hold a ratification vote for the Employer.  We understand this will happen in mid-August.

If ratified by the City, the Union and the City will work to implement the changes to the Collective Agreement.  As soon as this is complete, we will post the new Collective Agreement on the CSU 52 website.

Posted July 29, 2020

City of Edmonton (including Edmonton Police Service) members, please check your work email for the secure Ratification Poll link that was sent from “ via SurveyMonkey” at approximately 7:24 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

  • Consists of one question only (‘Yes – I Accept the Agreement’ or ‘No – I Reject the Agreement’)
  • Your vote will remain anonymous. The survey is set up to ensure that responses are anonymous. How a person responded to the survey cannot be linked to their personal information or email address.
  • Only one vote per member as assigned to your email address
  • Poll will close at 4:30 p.m. MDT on Thursday, July 30, 2020

If you did not receive the Ratification Poll message to your work email address, please contact Lan at

Posted July 15, 2020
Updated July 17, 2020

Message from the Negotiations Committee

Subsequent to the previously defeated Memorandum of Agreement presented to our members in September 2019, the Union resumed negotiations with the City of Edmonton and reached a new Memorandum of Agreement on July 14, 2020.

There have been a number of changes to the economic climate in Edmonton, including low oil prices, decreased funding to the City of Edmonton from the provincial government, and more recently, the economic strains caused by COVID-19.  This created challenges for our negotiations, however, we were able to achieve a negotiated settlement that protects the language in the Collective Agreement and also provides for some gains.

If ratified, the new Memorandum of Agreement represents a two-year contract expiring on December 19, 2020.  Since we are near the expiry date of the Collective Agreement, our Committee intends to resume bargaining prior to the end of the year.

 ‘Summary of Changes & Memorandum of Agreement’

The Union is recommending ratification of the Memorandum of Agreement.

Information sessions will be held virtually, as follows:

  1. Thursday, July 23, 2020 – City of Edmonton Unit Meeting/Information Session #1
    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    *Notice for this Zoom meeting was previously sent on July 7 – please register if you have not already done so:
    Registration Link:
  2. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Information Session #2
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Registration Link:

Questions can be provided ahead of time and will be addressed at the information sessions.  If you are unable to attend an information session but have questions, please contact the Union office at 780-448-8900 or

Online Ratification Poll

A link to the Ratification Poll will be sent to your work email address on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The Poll will become live at 7:00 p.m. on July 28 and will close July 30 at 4:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend one of the virtual information sessions prior to voting.

In solidarity,
Your Negotiations Committee

  • Joe Childs, Director of Labour Relations & Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Amanda Pickett, Labour Relations Officer
  • Tracy Foran, CSU 52 First Vice-President (City Operations)
  • Leo Derkach, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)
  • Jared Cutting, Member-at-Large (Edmonton Police Service)
  • Jennifer van Popta, Member-at-Large (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)

The following update was presented by Tracy Foran, First Vice-President, at the February 4, 2020 General Membership Meeting.

Issues We Are Facing

  • Similar public sector employers, including the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta have taken 0% increases for multiple years
  • The Province tried to implement wage roll-backs for employees of between 2-5%, which went to binding arbitrations. Fortunately, the Arbitrator did not agree with roll-backs; however, they still implemented further 0% increases.  Those Collective Agreements are expiring shortly and new rounds of bargaining will begin this year.
  • Due to the Provincial budget in the Fall, the City lost funding from the Province which caused them to adjust their budgets.
  • A new provincial budget is going to be finalized in February and we believe the City will lose even more funding, which in turn, will mean further cuts to the City’s budgets.
  • We’ve been told repeatedly by the City that there is no money for any monetary gains in the Collective Agreement.
  • Multiple Unions in the City have ratified new Collective Agreements; some accepted the same deal we were offered previously, which included a 1.5% increase in the third year and some enhancements to bereavement leave language. ATU 569’s Main Unit and CSU 52 remain.  This means that we no longer have the added protection of bargaining at the same time as most of the Coalition Unions.

For all of these reasons, we are currently in a worse position to bargain than we were when we presented the last Memorandum of Agreement for a vote. In fact, we’ve been told that the gains negotiated in the previous Memorandum of Agreement are no longer a possibility for us.

Despite all of this, your Union continues to bargain in good faith and discussions with the City in bargaining have not broken down. There are a number of bargaining dates scheduled and we will continue to schedule more. We are being practical in our approach and are very aware of cost of living increases in Alberta. However, we also have to be conscious of what’s going on with wages in the public sector and budgetary constraints.

We prefer to avoid a strike/lockout situation so our goal has always been to come to a negotiated settlement that we feel we can present to our members for ratification.

Next Steps

  • We will continue to meet with the City as scheduled, and bargain in good faith.
  • We are in the process of setting additional bargaining dates for March and April.
  • Outside of bargaining, our committee will be meeting to formulate some additional strategies as to how we continue to bargain. This may include holding information sessions with our members to get additional feedback.

Posted January 16, 2020

The Union and the City met on a number of dates leading up to the holidays. We have more bargaining dates booked for January and February, and we expect that we will need dates into March, and likely further. We are currently discussing non-monetary issues and once that’s complete, we will move into monetary issues. Due to the provincial budget, which had quite an impact on the City’s budget, we expect that monetary negotiations will be difficult and will take some time to get through. Still, our committee is hopeful in negotiating a fair settlement that we can present to our members for ratification.

We have another member joining our Negotiations Committee. Tracy Foran is no longer the City of Edmonton Unit Director on CSU 52’s Board of Directors since she was elected as CSU 52’s First Vice-President. Normally, only the City of Edmonton Unit Director from the Board of Directors is automatically a member on our City Negotiations Committee; however, to maintain continuity, Tracy will remain on the Negotiations Committee. Leo Derkach has now taken the role of City of Edmonton Unit Director and will participate in bargaining meetings starting in February.

Your Negotiations Committee,

  • Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Amanda Pickett, Labour Relations Officer
  • Leo Derkach, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)
  • Tracy Foran, CSU 52 First Vice-President (City Operations)
  • Jared Cutting, Member-at-Large (Edmonton Police Service)
  • Jennifer van Popta, Member-at-Large (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)

Posted November 5, 2019

Your Negotiations Committee held Information Sessions on September 13, 16, and 18, 2019 to provide members information on the proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that the Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions’ Presidents negotiated on behalf of their respective unions. Part of the MOA included the ability for the unions to continue to negotiate non-monetary items with the City. As such, our Committee met with the City a number of times in September to discuss non-monetary items. As a result of the MOA not being ratified, discussions temporarily came to an end.

Since then, the Union met with the City’s bargaining committee in October to exchange full bargaining proposals, including monetary items. As we move forward, we expect that we will be able to continue the previous non-monetary discussions that we started in September. We have more dates scheduled in November and December for further bargaining.

Now that the provincial budget has been presented, the Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions is lobbying council and administration to understand how this will affect our members and bargaining.

Your Negotiations Committee will continue to provide updates when we have information to share. Please continue to check this webpage for the most current information.

Your Negotiations Committee,

  • Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Amanda Pickett, Labour Relations Officer
  • Tracy Foran, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director (City Operations)
  • Jared Cutting, Member-at-Large (Edmonton Police Service)
  • Jennifer van Popta, Member-at-Large (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)

Posted September 26, 2019

Following two days of roving polls, September 25 & 26, City Members have voted against the proposed Memorandum of Agreement – 960 [NO] to 712 [YES].

Thank you to the Members who came out and voted, your participation is appreciated and your voice matters.

Message from the President

Posted September 27, 2019

We have received numerous calls around next steps now that the proposed agreement has been rejected. Questions have been raised around possible strike action.

Next steps for the near future will be to resume monetary and non-monetary negotiations.

Insofar as possible strike action scenarios, if talks break now and/or there is no possible progress, then both parties could request (either jointly or separately) for mediation through the Alberta Labour Relations Board. A mediator would be assigned to try and help the parties arrive at a settlement. If this is unsuccessful and mediation is ended, a 14-day cooling off period is imposed by the Labour Relations Board. While in that 14-day cooling period, neither side can initiate any action such as a strike or a lockout. Once the cooling period is over, it is at that point either side could give notice to the other party of any impending action.

At this point, I don’t foresee any forceful action being brought forward by either party. We have both committed to continue negotiations at this time. It should also be noted that it has always been CSU 52’s intention to bring any changes to our benefits plans to our Membership for review and vote.

Please continue to monitor this page as the Negotiations Committee will provide updates on a biweekly basis.

Thank you,

Lanny Chudyk
President, CSU 52

Following the recent information sessions held over the last week regarding the tentative Memorandum of Agreement, roving polls are now scheduled to visit various work locations across the city for:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019

If you did not get an opportunity to cast your vote (to accept or reject the proposed MOA) at one of the information sessions, please do so at one of the available roving polls. If you did cast your vote at an information session, a roving poll vote is not required and will not be permitted.

Please bring your CSU 52 Membership Card with you to vote. If you require a new or replacement Union card, please submit an online Membership Card Application form:

 ‘Membership Card Application’

If you do not have your Membership Card with you at the time of the vote, you may use your Employee picture ID or government issued photo ID with your home address. The Poll Clerks will look for a match on the Voter’s List.

Roving Polls List

The below list is the most up to date and has been updated since City employees received emails with a PDF version attached. Please check this list the day before voting.

Times are listed in military time (24 hour clock time) to allow for proper column sorting order.

Updated: 10:30 am MST September 23, 2019

Poll #LocationAddressWednesday, Sep 25Thursday, Sep 26
1CSU 52 Office,
Reception, Main Floor
10212 – 112 Street08:00 – 16:3008:00 – 16:30
2Edmonton Tower,
3rd Floor Boardroom
10111 – 104 Avenue NW09:00 – 16:3009:00 – 16:30
3Century Place,
Main Lobby
9803 – 102A Avenue NW09:00 – 16:3009:00 – 16:30
4Southwest Division,
Atrium (EPS employees only)
1351 Windermere Way SW09:00 – 11:00N/A
4Terwillegar Recreation Centre,
Multipurpose Room #3
2051 Leger Road NW11:30 – 13:30N/A
4Versa Commercial Centre,
Rocky Room, 2nd Floor, Room #305
9304 – 41 Avenue14:00 – 16:00N/A
4Percy Wickman Garage,
Small Meeting Room Near Entrance
5610 – 86 Street NWN/A09:00 – 13:00
4Meadows Recreation Centre,
Multipurpose Room #207
2704 – 17 Street NWN/A11:30 – 13:30
4Ellerslie Facility,
Boardroom #102
2415 – 101 Street SWN/A14:00 – 16:00
5Valley Zoo,
Otter Lodge
13315 Buena Vista Road NW09:00 – 11:00N/A
5Kinsmen Sports Centre,
Kinette Room
9100 Walterdale Hill12:00 – 13:00N/A
5Property & Exhibit Unit,
Lunchroom (EPS employees only)
13030 Yellowhead Trail NW14:00 – 16:00N/A
5Engineering Services,
Main Boardroom
11004 – 190 Street NWN/A09:00 – 11:00
5Central Registry,
Lunchroom (EPS employees only)
17406 – 116 Avenue NWN/A11:30 – 13:30
5Nexus Centre,
Lunchroom (EPS employees only)
14315 – 118 AvenueN/A14:00 – 16:00
6Waste Management Centre,
Lunchroom/Lobby Area
250 Aurum Road NE09:00 – 11:40N/A
6Clareview Community Recreation Centre,
Gunda Murray Room
3804 – 139 Avenue NW12:00 – 13:30N/A
6D.L. MacDonald Garage,
Boardroom #2
13310 – 50A Street NW (next to Row Building)14:00 – 15:00N/A
6Beaufort Building,
Lobby (EPS employees only)
10835 – 120 StreetN/A09:00 – 11:00
6Westwood Facility,
Front Entrance
12404 – 107 Street NWN/A11:30 – 13:00
6Commonwealth Rec Centre,
Multipurpose Room 4
11000 Stadium Road NWN/A14:00 – 16:00
7City Centre West – 311 Call Centre,
10250 – 102 Avenue NW09:00 – 12:00N/A
7Kennedale Yard,
Admin Large Boardroom
12802 – 58 Street NW12:30 – 14:00N/A
7Transportation Services – NE Yard,
Pavement Operation Boardroom
13003 – 56 Street14:30 – 15:30N/A
7Downtown Division,
Atrium (EPS employees only)
9620 – 103A Avenue NWN/A09:00 – 11:00
7Transportation Services – Central Yard,
Large Admin Boardroom
10517 – 95 StreetN/A11:30 – 13:00
7Circle Square,
11808 St. Albert Trail NWN/A13:30 – 15:30

Posted September 11, 2019

Message from the President

I wanted to give you, our membership, an explanation as to why the Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions’ presidents felt it was necessary to intervene in the normal bargaining process by holding confidential negotiation meetings with the City of Edmonton that did not include our Negotiations Committees. We were and continue to be very concerned about what is happening and what may come down from the current Provincial Government regarding provincial union contracts and provincial funding to Alberta cities and municipalities. We felt it was essential to bring something forward to our membership before a provincial budget was brought down; this fear of what’s to follow was re-enforced by the presentation last week from the Provincial Government’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances (MacKinnon Report). We believe this proposed Memorandum of Agreement is the best we could hope to achieve considering the present economic and political atmosphere in Alberta.

We will continue to negotiate non-monetary items, including the Letters of Understanding.

Please consider attending the scheduled information meetings if you have questions. Dates, times and locations of ratification polls will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Thank you,

Lanny Chudyk
President, CSU 52

 ‘Joint Communication regarding Collective Bargaining’

 ‘Memorandum of Agreement’


Posted September 11, 2019
Updated September 13, 2019

A tentative Memorandum of Agreement has been reached between CSU 52 and the City of Edmonton.

CSU 52 Members within the City of Edmonton are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions, where details of the settlement will be provided by CSU 52 representatives:

  • Friday, September 13 – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Norwood Legion
    11150 – 82 Street NW
    One block east of the Stadium LRT Station; ample free parking available
  • Monday, September 16 – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Sutton Place Hotel
    10235 – 101 Street NW
    ***An ASL Interpreter (for the hearing impaired) will be present at the September 16 meeting***
  • Wednesday, September 18 – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Norwood Legion
    11150 – 82 Street NW
    One block east of the Stadium LRT Station; ample free parking available

There will be opportunity at these Information Sessions for ratification voting. In addition, Roving Polls will be scheduled in the near future for Members who are unable to attend the above Information Sessions – dates, times and locations still to be determined.

The Collective Agreement between the City of Edmonton and Civic Service Union 52 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 CSU 52 Negotiations Committee has been meeting since the fall of 2018 and are ready to exchange proposals with the City of Edmonton. The bargaining information meetings were well attended and there was an excellent response to our Negotiations Survey. The Union feels very confident that our proposals will reflect what we heard from the 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.

We have not exchanged proposals with the City. Why?

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. In response to this proclamation, CSU 52 has decided that there is no reason to enter into negotiations.

Currently, the Negotiations Committee, Lanny Chudyk (President) and the CSU 52 Board of Directors are considering options to move bargaining forward. 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.

Your Negotiations Committee,

  • Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Amanda Pickett, Labour Relations Officer
  • Tracy Foran, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director (City Operations)
  • Jared Cutting, Member-at-Large (Edmonton Police Service)
  • Jennifer van Popta, Member-at-Large (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)

Your committee has been hard at work over the last few months meeting with members to hear and understand their concerns in the workplace and our Collective Bargaining Agreement.  After several days of meeting with members the committee created a survey based on what we heard at the public meetings and to gather additional information from those of you who couldn’t make it out to speak with us.

Our committee has reviewed the survey results and has reviewed the entire collective agreement line-by-line to determine items of importance that we would like to see changed or added to the collective agreement.  We are currently working on putting our bargaining proposals together and we hope to meet with the City in April to exchange proposals and start negotiating.

Your City of Edmonton Negotiations Committee is:

  • Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Amanda Pickett, Labour Relations Officer
  • Tracy Foran, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director (City Operations)
  • Jared Cutting, Member-at-Large (Edmonton Police Service)
  • Jennifer van Popta, Member-at-Large (Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development)

City Members (including the Edmonton Police Service), the current Collective Agreement between the City of Edmonton and Civic Service Union 52 expires on December 22, 2018. Your Negotiations Committee is preparing for negotiations and we need your input. To do so, we are conducting a survey.

We ask that you take your time in completing the Negotiations Survey, as we need to enter the negotiations process well informed and with real examples of issues that our Members are facing.

The survey must not be completed during regular working hours – please use your own time before or after work, or during your scheduled work breaks – the survey is smartphone compatible.

Accessing the Survey

  1. Go to:
  2. A case-sensitive password is required to proceed. If you did not receive an email with this information, please contact the Union Office at 780-448-8900 or
  3. You will have until 4:30 p.m. MST of Friday, December 14, 2018 to complete the survey. After this time, the survey will be disabled. Please note that it will take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you exit the survey without completing/submitting it, you will lose your answers and will have to restart the survey.

Members who complete the survey and include their personal non-work contact information will be entered into a draw for an Apple iPad. While the Union has sent this survey out through work email addresses, only the Union has access to the survey responses. Any personal information that is provided will be kept confidential.

If you experience any difficulties with the survey, please call the Union office at 780-448-8900.

The Union’s City of Edmonton Negotiations Committee members are already at work. Your committee members are:

Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
Amanda Pickett, CSU 52 Labour Relations Officer
Tracy Foran, CSU 52 City of Edmonton Unit Director, City Operations
Jared Cutting, Edmonton Police Service
Jennifer van Popta, Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development

Posted August 3, 2018

City of Edmonton Members, your Union Negotiations Committee has booked five upcoming meetings to explain the bargaining process and to hear from Members what is important to them for the next Collective Agreement. In addition to these sessions, a survey will be sent in the near future to the City Membership for input.

Come and join the discussion with your Negotiations Committee. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

View the below PDF link for meeting dates, times and locations.

 ‘Notice of Bargaining Meetings’


Tracy Foran (Contractual Unit Director, City of Edmonton) would like to thank everyone who submitted their Expression of Interest to be a part of the 2018 CSU 52 / City of Edmonton Negotiations Committee, and is proud to announce that two members have been selected to join Tracy, Joe Childs (Chief Negotiator & Director of Labour Relations) and Amanda Pickett (Labour Relations Officer):

  • Jared Cutting
  • Jennifer van Popta

The Committee will meet on multiple occasions over the next several months to prepare a Negotiations Survey for City Members, discuss proposals and serve notice to the City to commence bargaining for the Collective Agreement expiring on December 22, 2018.

CSU 52 is recruiting Negotiations Committee Members for the City of Edmonton Collective Agreement negotiations.

The successful applicants will be active (dues paying) CSU 52 Members who are confident in their ability to articulate the interests and aspirations of employees in their own work area and other member work areas. Committee Members will be inclusive, welcoming and attentive in their support of a wide number of City employees who will contribute to the bargaining process.

Building the Process

Committee Members will engage the City of Edmonton Membership in bargaining, work to identify issues and opportunities for collaborative action, and ensure the relevance of all proposals for bargaining.

Committee Members will be responsible to attend all meetings associated with the bargaining process and will be responsible to fully contribute to research and communication tasks.

Committee Members will commit to building a supportive team where individual skills are recognized and utilized. Joe Childs (Director of Labour Relations, CSU 52) will act as Chief Negotiator and be responsible for the Committee.

Interested CSU 52 / City of Edmonton Members must submit an email detailing their interest in being a member of the Negotiations Committee. All interested Members will meet with Joe Childs (Chief Negotiator), Tracy Foran (Contractual Unit Director, City of Edmonton) and Lanny Chudyk (President, CSU 52) for an interview prior to standing for election to the Negotiations Committee at the appropriate General Membership Meeting.

All applications should be forwarded by April 16, 2018.

RE: City Negotiations Committee

  1. The Union is hosting two virtual information sessions about the Memorandum of Agreement. I want to attend 5:30 pm July 28, 2020

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