The Coalition of Edmonton of Civic Unions (CECU) consists of five unions:
- ATU 569 – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569
- CSU 52 – Civic Service Union 52
- EFFU 209 – Edmonton Fire Fighters’ Union Local 209
- IBEW 1007 – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1007
- UFCW 401 – United Food & Commercial Workers Local 401
In total, the CECU represents over 10,000 members.
The Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions came together in October 1993. It was formed in response to the 1994 City budget which was calling for deep service cuts which would have resulted in across-the-board layoffs affecting all four unions (UFCW was not yet a CECU member). At the time there was also an issue of whether union leaders could speak out without risking employer action. In banding together, the unions asserted that we stand together as unions with common interests and that we demand fair treatment for all civic employees.
In 1996, to facilitate the growing workload of the CECU, a full-time Liaison Representative was hired (currently Liam Peuramaki). This position reports to each local President and conducts day-to-day business for the organization.
In 1998, each Coalition President, along with the General Managers from each civic department and the City Manager, signed the Working Relationship Agreement to help foster a collaborative relationship for the benefit of all involved. This document has since been re-signed in 2000, 2002 and 2011.
The Coalition endeavours to gather/share information, coordinate action, and promote strong relationships between civic unions and other labour organizations that complement our goals. The Coalition provides a forum for the discussion of issues, exploration of values and interests, resolution of differences and the formation of strategies and action plans providing for a common approach to collective bargaining, public policy making, and by building constructive relationships with the employer based on shared working relationship interests.