TWOSE Negotiations | MOA Ratified

Information regarding TELUS World of Science – Edmonton Negotiations will be posted here.

Updated March 27, 2019


Posted March 27, 2019

The Memorandum of Agreement between the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation and CSU 52 was ratified by the Membership, with the majority of ballots cast voting in favor of the Agreement. The duration of the Agreement will be for the period of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2022.

Thank you to the Members who came out and voted, your participation is paramount.

Lastly, thank you to the TWOSE Negotiations Committee (listed below) for your hard work in reaching the long awaited Agreement!

  • Joe Childs, Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson
  • Yuri Beaulieu, Labour Relations Officer
  • Bernadette Blakey, CSU 52 TWOSE Unit Director
  • Henrik Hale, Member-at-Large
  • Dillan Huggins, Member-at-Large
  • John Settingiano, Member-at-Large



Posted March 14, 2019

Please be advised that the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation and the CSU 52 TWOSE Negotiations Committee have reached a tentative agreement subject to ratification by the Membership. We are recommending acceptance. Details of the Memorandum of Agreement will not be shared until after the March 17 & 18 Information Meetings for Members.

The Ratification Vote will be held over two days:

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Monday, March 25, 2019

Times: Vote anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Location: TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, Learning Centre 4 (old radio room)

Remember that you must use your own time, not the employer’s, to vote. 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.


Posted March 14, 2019

On Friday, March 1, 2019, a tentative settlement was reached between the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation and CSU 52. The parties have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that, if ratified by both the Employer and the Union, will form the new Collective Agreement. Both parties will be recommending ratification to their respective principals.

Two information meetings have been scheduled for Members to drop in. We will not release or discuss the terms of the tentative settlement prior to the information meetings. Please respect this by not asking your Negotiations Committee Members about the tentative settlement.

  • Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Monday, March 18, 2019

Times: Drop-in anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Location: TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, Learning Centre 1


The CSU 52 TWOSE Negotiations Committee exchanged proposals with management and have met nine times between May 23, 2018 and September 28, 2018. The Union brought sixty-three proposals and Management had sixteen. Sixty-three is a substantial number of items to consider however many of these items were to simplify and add clarity to the Collective Agreement. CSU 52 and the Science Centre have signed off on a number of proposed items. Some items have yet to be addressed as they have management rights and monetary implications. Many of them are inter-related and there will be a cascading effect or not, depending on the outcome of our discussions.

The Collective Agreement expired December 31, 2016 and the late start to bargaining was at first a mutually agreed delay; subsequent delays were incurred and agreed to however both parties have expressed a desire and are working hard to conclude bargaining in a timely fashion.

This desire for a timely resolve has been thwarted by substantially different expectations of the parties. This is not uncommon: the employer is focused on costs/fiscal sustainability while the Union tries to improve pay and working conditions. Without getting too detailed, out of respect for a shared confidentiality agreement, the recent increase in minimum wages has added an additional complication to this round of bargaining.  The Union and Employer are using interest-based techniques attempting to find a way forward. The current situation at the table could be described as hard bargaining; the Union is evaluating Managements most recent proposal and is working to create a response that hopefully will find acceptance with the Management team.

Given the long delay and divergence in expectations the Union will be scheduling a meeting of the membership in the near future to explain our current position and receive additional membership input. We need your input and ask that you attend with at least two of your colleagues when the meeting is scheduled. The Union will ensure that you are aware of the meeting date. We are committed to negotiating a fair and equitable agreement for the membership.

Your bargaining team: Bernadette, Henrik, Dillan, and John, are working hard on your behalf. They find themselves involved in a very difficult round of bargaining so please respect the fact that they are operating under an agreed confidentiality commitment and cannot provide full details as to what is happening at the table. Yuri Beaulieu, CSU 52 Labour Relations Officer, and Joe Childs, CSU 52 Director of Labour Relations, are proud to be working with them and commend their work representing the membership.

Stay tuned for further updates.

If you have any further questions please contact any of the Negotiations Committee Members.


The CSU 52 TWOSE Negotiations Committee exchanged proposals with management and have met eight times between May 23, 2018 and September 18, 2018. The Union brought sixty-three proposals and Management had sixteen. Sixty-three is a substantial number of items to consider; however, many of these
items were to simplify and add clarity to the Collective Agreement. To date, a majority of these items have not been discussed as they have management rights and monetary implications.

The Collective Agreement expired December 31, 2016 and the late start to bargaining was at first a mutually agreed delay that was further exacerbated by accommodating TWOSE’s bargaining team, who had a member on a return to work program. Both parties have expressed a desire to conclude bargaining in a timely fashion. This desire for a timely resolve has been thwarted by substantially different expectations of the parties. The major problem at the table relates to an attempt by both parties to restructure the salary grid in light of the provincial minimum wage increases and the inconsistencies in wage grid increments. The Union believes that the Employer’s
proposals are quite regressive to the point that we were shocked at some of their requests. TWOSE management team expressed that the organization’s viability is threatened (low revenues plus expanded facilities) and believes managing wages, one of their largest expenses, is key to their efforts to ensure the organization’s sustainability.

The Union has continued to meet and use interest-based techniques attempting to find a way forward. The current situation at the table could be described as being at an impasse; the Union is working to create another proposal that hopefully will find acceptance with the Management team.

Given the long delay and divergence in expectations, the Union will be scheduling a meeting of the membership in the near future to explain our current position and receive additional membership input. We need your input and ask that you attend with at least two of your colleagues when the meeting is scheduled. The Union will ensure that you are aware of the meeting date. We are committed to negotiating a fair and equitable agreement for the membership.

Your Negotiations Committee of Bernadette, Henrik, Dillan, and John are working hard on your behalf. They find themselves involved in a very difficult round of bargaining, please respect the fact that they are operating under an agreed confidentiality commitment and cannot provide full details as to what is happening at the table. Yuri Beaulieu, CSU 52 Labour Relations Officer, and Joe Childs, CSU 52 Director of Labour Relations, are proud to be working with them and commend their work representing the membership.

Stay tuned for further updates.

If you have any further questions please contact any of the Negotiations Committee Members.


CSU 52 and the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation (TELUS World of Science – Edmonton) have entered into negotiations to effect a new collective agreement. Due to a variety of reasons the parties have been operating under an agreement that expired in December 2016.

The CSU 52 Negotiations Committee is comprised of:

  • Bernadette Blakey (Contractual Unit Director)
  • Henrik Hale
  • Dillan Huggins
  • John Settingiano
  • Joe Childs (Chief Negotiator)
  • Yuri Beaulieu (Labour Relations Officer)
  • Pierre Blanchette (Second Vice-President, CSU 52 Board of Directors)

The TELUS World of Science Management team is comprised of:

  • Karin Dowling – Vice President of Business Operations
  • James Scott – Manager of Guest Services
  • Scott Henderson – Vice President of Finance
  • Brianne Gagnon – Manager of Human Resources
  • Jennifer Buckley – Advisor Human Resources

The parties have met four times, proposals have been exchanged and some of the issues have been discussed. The parties have agreed to use interest-based principles and hope to conclude an agreement in a timely fashion. Out of respect for the confidential nature of negotiations we would ask that all in and out of scope staff refrain from questioning the bargaining teams regarding the specifics of this round of bargaining.

We will provide updates as to the process as negotiations continue.



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