City of Edmonton Negotiations | Update

Updated June 3, 2019

Information regarding City of Edmonton Negotiations will be posted here.

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 Proposals that the teams can’t reach agreement on are withdrawn or tabled.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