Get Involved

Active Membership in CSU 52 enables us to provide members with communications updates, and empowers members to be involved in the direction setting and governance of the Union.

As an Active Member you can set your communications interests, participate in online polls, vote on issues that affect you as a member, including your Collective Agreement and the election of Board of Directors members (including the President), and your Negotiations Committee. Active Membership also allows you to take advantage of eligible education bursaries for members and their children.

All employees within CSU 52 bargaining units are encouraged to become Active Members. There is no additional cost to become an Active Member. Click here to apply for a Membership Card online.

Posted August 6, 2020
Updated October 26, 2020

The election cycle for Board of Directors positions is upon us. This page will be updated as we progress through the timeline – election results must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Questions or feedback regarding the election process can be sent to Becky Machnee, Assistant Returning Officer at

Posted October 21, 2020

As you may know, a decision was made to move to online voting for this year’s Board of Directors Election.

Election Dates

The election will be held from Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (12:01 a.m.) to Friday, October 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m.). October 27, 2020 will be considered the Advanced Poll.

Here is the information you need to be able to vote:

1. Voter Eligibility

  1. Membership in CSU 52 (being “card-carrying”) is a requirement to vote in the election. If you are not currently registered as a member, you will need to apply online or contact the CSU 52 office by noon on October 26 to allow time to process your membership and add you to the voter database.
  2. Those who are on temporary layoff with fee waives are still eligible to vote.
  3. Once the election period begins on October 27, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the CSU 52 Office cannot issue any new Membership Cards and you will not be able to vote.

2. How members can access the vote

  1. If you have already given CSU 52 your personal email address, you will receive an email inviting you to vote during the election period (October 27 to 30, 2020). You can sign up for e-Newsletters on the CSU 52 website’s home page.
  2. You will need both your Membership Card Number and Employee/Payroll number to place a vote (in addition to being a card-carrying member).
  3. You can access your ballot in one of two ways:
    1. Go online to the SimplyVoting website and login using your Membership Card Number and Employee/Payroll number
    2. Click the embedded SimplyVoting link in the email you received and skip right to your ballot
  4. With AHS guidelines for COVID-19 safety in place, there will be an in-person Poll open at the Union Office between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on October 27, 2020 for those who do not have access to an electronic device to vote. You will still need your Membership Card Number and Employee/Payroll number to login to vote. Please check this webpage for updates to this poll before you travel to the Union Office. The COVID-19 situation in Edmonton is changing day-by-day and we may need to make a short notice change to adhere to AHS guidelines.

A virtual Special Meeting: Candidate Forum took place through Zoom the evening of October 20, 2020 to hear presentations from Candidates who are nominated for Board of Directors positions.

If you missed it, a video recording of the Forum is available for your viewing:

Time stamp links have been added for your convenience. 

The official nominees in the 2020 Board of Directors Election are:



Second Vice-President/Secretary of the Board


Chief Trustee

  • Rosa ANDERSON Candidate has withdrawn from election
  • Sandi GIESLER

Due to the other candidate’s withdrawal, Sandi Giesler will be declared to be elected by acclamation in the Chief Trustee position.


Contractual Unit Director, Edmonton Public Library

    Elected by acclamation; no other nominees

No election required.

Contractual Unit Director, EPCOR

  • Teresa DOBLANKO
    Elected by acclamation; no other nominees

No election required.

Contractual Unit Director, Capital Power

No nominations received – nominations will reopen for this position until the next scheduled General Membership Meeting: December 1, 2020


October 6, 2020


The nominee must:
  • Be an Active member of CSU 52 in good standing
  • Have Shop Steward and/or Committee experience
  • Have attended (during the period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020) a minimum of six (6) regularly scheduled:
    · General Meetings, and/or
    · Shop Steward Training Sessions, and/or
    · Unit Meetings of the Contractual Unit to which the nominee belongs
  • Not be an Election Officer


Members who have attended the minimum six meetings have their names highlighted in orange. Records as of September 17, 2020:

Download ‘Attendance Records’


Download ‘2020 Nomination Form’



An alternative contactless method that does not require the need to print, scan and email the Nomination Form is available.

The nominee and each of the nominators must write a statement that is signed and dated. An image file (photo) of each statement must then be submitted along with the required information. The person filling out the online form, whether it be the nominee or one of the nominators, should have all of the signature image files in order to upload them.

If you require assistance, please call the Union Office at 780-448-8900 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

See the Online Nomination Form for more details:

All positions are for 2-year terms: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022

  • President | Incumbent: Lanny Chudyk
  • Second Vice-President | Incumbent: Pierre Blanchette
  • Chief Trustee | Incumbent: Donna Demyen
  • Contractual Unit Director, Edmonton Public Library | Incumbent: Lori Jeffery-Heaney
  • Contractual Unit Director, EPCOR | Incumbent: Teresa Doblanko
  • Contractual Unit Director, Capital Power | Incumbent: Tyler Dys

Position Descriptions (CSU 52 Policy & Procedures Manual)

Nominations were accepted during the online June 23, 2020 General Membership Meeting for one (1) Assistant Returning Officer and two (2) Union Scrutineers. The 2020 Election Officers are:

  • Ariel Bowering | Returning Officer (appointed by the Assistant Returning Officer)
  • Becky Machnee | Assistant Returning Officer
  • Greg Novak | Union Scrutineer
  • Laura Raynor | Union Scrutineer

July 7, 2020

Did you know…

CSU 52 is a member organization of the Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA).

GEA is everyday people taking action together for the common good.

As a member, we are part of the diverse voices of our community building relationships across religion, race, class, and neighbourhood lines.

We come together to build and exercise “power with” to make the positive changes we want to see in our region.

Join the CSU 52 Core Team!

What is a Core Team?

Every GEA member organization should have a Core Team responsible for the organizing work. This team should be comprised of approximately 5-25 people, depending upon the size of the membership.

The mission of the Core Team is to represent the interests of the Union inside of GEA and to convey GEA actions through to the membership.

Who should be on the Core Team?

The Core Team should be comprised of Union members from every corner of the membership. Ideally, there will be representatives of each bargaining unit. Each member of the Core Team should commit to building a following through the organizing work.

What do Core Team members do?

  • Meet on an ad-hoc basis
  • Initiate individual meetings with other members
  • Host casual meetings with groups
  • Recruit turnout for organizational events
  • Participate on issue teams of GEA
  • Keep members informed
  • Attend community organizing trainings
  • Initiate relationships with leaders throughout GEA

Agenda for the First Core Team Meeting

  • Brief overview of what to expect as a Core Team member
  • What Issue Teams are currently active and review of action plans
    • Quality Jobs Action Team
    • Mental Health Action Team
    • Community Building and Member Engagement Team

First Core Team Meeting

To be announced…
Location: CSU 52 Office


Brandi Thorne
Member Engager/Union Organizer

CSU 52 has a variety of committees to become involved with, from putting on social events to helping fellow CSU 52 members. Our committees have planning positions that meet formally, or you can sign up to support a committee on a casual basis that does not require a dedicated commitment.

CSU 52 currently has the following committees in place. Nomination for formal committee membership takes place annually at the January General Meeting. Participating on a committee is a great way to become involved with and learn more about the Union, meet new people and network, and support interests and causes that you care about.

If you are interested in participating on a committee, please submit your expression of interest by clicking here.


Nominations and elections to Standing Committees and Other Committees occur annually at the January General Membership Meeting.

Next election date: January 12, 2021


Updated: February 20, 2020

[20] denotes Member’s term ending December 2020
[21] denotes Member’s term ending December 2021

 ‘Bylaws Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Esther Anderson [21]
  • Lori Jeffery-Heaney [21]
  • Heather MacKay [21]
  • Greg Novak [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [20]

 ‘Discipline Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Amanda Hall [21]
  • Anna-Marie Klassen [21]
  • Jennifer Sneddon [20]
  • Emily Vokes [20]
  • Michael Vyes [21]

 ‘Education Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Lori Jeffery-Heaney [21]
  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Andrew Theobald [21]
  • Cathy Williams [20]

 ‘Financial Review Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Donna Demyen, Chief Trustee [20]
  • Sandi Giesler [21]
  • Janet Kohel [20]

 ‘Grievance Appeal Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Chantelle Adams [20]
  • Milo Buryska [21]
  • Tony Fata [21]
  • Sheldon Franco [21]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]

 ‘History Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Henrik Hale [20]
  • Greg Novak [20]
  • Lucinda Picton [21]

 ‘Student Bursary Application’

 ‘Community Organization Application for Funding form’

 ‘Members & Community Support Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Pierre Blanchette [20]
  • Greg Derkach, Treasurer [21]
  • Laurie Fiorilli [20]
  • Jolene Hutseal [21]
  • Greg Novak [21]
  • Rocky Pilisko [21]
  • Darlene Woodham, Acting Chair [20]
  • Rose Tinka, Recording Secretary (CSU 52 Staff)

 ‘Public Events Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Pierre Blanchette (appointed Board Member)
  • Cheryl Deshaies [20]
  • Kristin Lacoursiere [21]
  • Champa Maduranayagam VACANT [21]
  • Patricia McCusker [21]
  • Darlene Woodham [20]

 ‘Publications Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Nadine Fisher [21]
  • Debbie Ketler [21]
  • Travis Jensen [20]
  • Mandy Stewart [20]
  • Darlene Woodham [20]

 ‘Sergeant-at-Arms Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Rosa Anderson [20]
  • Tony Fata [21]

 ‘Social Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Chantelle Adams [21]
  • Michael Goth [20]
  • Jolene Hutseal [21]
  • Surjit Khakh [20]
  • Brianna Olesen [21]
  • Tomas Szczepanski [20]

 ‘Young Workers Committee’ Terms of Reference


  • Allen Gavinchuk [20]
  • Paige Gorsak [20]
  • Michael Goth [20]
  • Janet Kohel [21]
  • Kristin Lacoursiere [21]

Updated: February 6, 2020

The Shop Steward Nomination Period for the 2020/2021 term took place between November 25 and December 6, 2019. Shop Steward Nomination Forms were mailed to work locations to be posted for this time period so that CSU 52 Members were able to nominate their next Shop Steward(s).

Please return all forms to the CSU 52 Office for processing.

As a duly elected representative, the Shop Steward is one of the most important positions in the Union. Members rely on their Shop Stewards for guidance and assistance in resolving workplace issues and problems. Shop Stewards are the first line of defense when the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is violated and grievances arise.

In addition, Shop Stewards have many other responsibilities including being a leader, educator, and organizer. The Shop Steward is integral to building solidarity by uniting and involving the membership.

The goal is to build a stronger Union through the Shop Stewards.

The body of all stewards is the Shop Steward Assembly. The Assembly meets for two-hour meetings five times a year. It is expected that Shop Stewards attend as many Assembly Meetings as possible.

Shop Steward Assembly Meetings are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the following months:

  • February
  • March
  • May
  • September
  • November

Additionally, it is advisable to attend as many General Membership Meetings and Contractual Unit Meetings as possible to stay informed of Union business.

General Membership Meetings are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street), except the June meeting, with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • 2nd Tuesday of January (for 2020, rescheduled to February 4th) – Committee Elections
  • 1st Tuesday of April – Voting of Bylaws Amendments
  • 1st Tuesday of June (at the CSU 52 Office – BBQ Dinner)
  • 1st Tuesday of October – Board of Directors Nominations Deadline
  • 1st Tuesday of December – Christmas Dinner

Contractual Unit Meetings are held a minimum of two times a year by the respective Contractual Unit Director – dates, times and location are determined as meetings are planned.

CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General Membership Meetings and Shop Steward Assembly Meetings, and to keep their members informed as to Union functions and activities. They act as a liaison between the Union and the members to ensure information is disseminated in a timely manner. In return for providing these services, Shop Stewards are given opportunities for training and also receive an honorarium based on attendance at Union meetings. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are a CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. The staff member must have passed the probation period. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you learn on the job.

Mailout Representatives
Where there is a work area that has no Shop Steward (no nominations or interest), we ask that any one member sign up to be a Mailout Representative, someone who is willing to receive and post/circulate Union mail for the membership in that work area, until the next Shop Steward Nomination period (a member shows interest in being nominated as Shop Steward or November of odd years, whichever occurs first).

Alternative Shop Steward or Mailout Representative
Current Shop Stewards and Mailout Representatives should always ask for an alternate contact person to distribute Union information if they are on vacation or away from their work area for longer than a few days. The alternate does not have to assume the full roles of the Shop Steward.

Nominations/Election Procedures
Shop Stewards are elected in November and December of odd years. A nomination form is sent out in November to the current Shop Steward(s) or Mailout Representative and must be posted for 10 business days. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, an election (vote by members in the work area) will be arranged.

The position starts on January 1st.

Positions Left Vacant
A request to the Union Office for a mid-term Shop Steward Nomination Form should be made if a vacancy occurs due to a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative:

  • Resigning,
  • Transferring to another department or work location, or
  • Moving out of the Union’s jurisdiction (is no longer a CSU 52 member)

There should always be a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in every area of the Contractual Unit.

Honorariums (as of January 1, 2020)

Yearly Shop Steward Honorarium calculations are dependent on (1) length of Shop Steward status, (2) number of General Membership Meetings attended, and (3) number of Shop Steward Assembly Meetings attended.

  • For a Shop Steward to receive a yearly flat rate of $375 PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended (all 3 items must be met):
    • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec)
    • Attend a minimum of three (3) General Membership Meetings in that calendar year
    • Attend a minimum of three (3) Shop Steward Assembly Meetings in that calendar year
  • For a Shop Steward to receive a yearly flat rate of $175 PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended:
    • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec)
    • Does not attend a minimum of three (3) General Membership Meetings and a minimum of three (3) Shop Steward Assembly Meetings in that calendar year
  • For a Shop Steward to receive $15 per active month PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended:
    • Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year)

Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Assembly Meetings per year and do not include full-day training sessions. Cheques may be available as early as the December General Membership Meeting.

Honorariums are subject to approval/change at the October General Membership Meeting.

Click here to be redirected to the ‘Contact Us’ page. Lists of active Shop Stewards, by bargaining unit, are located at the bottom of the page.

General Membership Meetings are open to all CSU 52 Members. They provide an opportunity for CSU 52 to update members on the business of the Union and its bargaining units, as well as any special initiatives that are underway. It is also an opportunity for Active Members to bring questions and concerns to the floor. Meetings are generally 90 minutes in duration, dependent upon content and member involvement.

General Membership Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each January, and the 1st Tuesday of each April, June, October and December. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2020 Dates:

Tuesday, January 14 *CANCELLED / postponed to February 4
Tuesday, April 7 *CANCELLED / to be postponed (future date TBD)
Tuesday, June 2 *At the CSU 52 Office, 10212 – 112 Street
Tuesday, October 6
Tuesday, December 1

Shop Steward Training Meetings are open to all Active Members of CSU 52 (non Shop Stewards must request permission from the Presiding Officer and/or Chief Shop Steward). Meeting topics are educational based, relating to union and labour relations matters. Meetings are intended to be interactive where possible, and will foster relationship building between Shop Stewards. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward for your area, please complete this form or contact the CSU 52 office.

Shop Steward Training Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.

2020 Dates (subject to change):

Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 17 *CANCELLED
Tuesday, May 19
Tuesday, September 15
Tuesday, November 17

Board of Directors Meetings are open to Active Members to view, subject to confidential matters. If you wish to attend a Board Directors Meeting, please contact the CSU 52 Office.

Board of Directors Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of  January and the 2nd Tuesday thereafter of each month. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. at the CSU 52 Office (10212 – 112 Street).