March 09, 2016
Notley's appointment of top AUPE negotiator to lead government bargaining talks a major conflict
The appointment of the number two negotiator for the AUPE to be the senior government official in public sector bargaining talks for the NDP government is an act of bad faith that severely hurts Albertans’ confidence in public sector negotiations, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
Premier Rachel Notley recently appointed Kevin Davediuk to be the government’s chief advisor on upcoming public sector negotiations with the AUPE and other public sector unions. Mr. Davediuk is currently listed on the AUPE website as the labour union’s number two negotiator.
“This puzzling appointment by Ms. Notley damages Albertans’ confidence in their government,” Wildrose Shadow Finance Minister Derek Fildebrandt said. “Mr. Davediuk is either in a clear conflict of interest or the government is only going to pretend to negotiate with public sector unions.”
Fildebrandt said Notley’s appointment raises questions about whether upcoming public sector negotiations will be fair to all parties involved.
“Hiring away the other side’s top negotiator to help your team is bargaining in bad faith, plain and simple,” Fildebrandt said. “If the unions don’t complain, that’s a bad sign. Then Albertans will have to worry that we have hired the fox to watch the henhouse. The Premier needs to explain herself on this issue.”