However, the decisions of the Convention still had to be approved by the government, as the union was active under the Corporations Act. That changed on November 17, 1977, when the AUPE met to exchange its status for a union without a union. All aspects of the CSA have been transferred to the new union. On May 18, 1977, the Public Service Employee Relations Act (PSERA) obtained the royal agreement that AUPE granted to bargaining rights for each group of workers for whom it had a collective agreement. These agreements were ratified at the union`s second meeting at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. Between 1997 and 2006, the AUPE was rebuilt. While membership continued to decline in the early years of the decade, the framework conditions were finally reversed. A booming economy, facing a labour shortage, has improved the climate of organization and negotiation. AUPE has folded its collective muscles into illegal but effective work operations and has begun to gather an unprecedented number of new members through mergers and organization. According to the letter to Smith, once the job security agreement expires, the government will use “all available options under the collective agreement” to support the government`s plan to balance the budget by 2022-23. AUPE invited Albertans to sign letters to their members of the Legislature saying they wanted legislation to pass new laws guaranteeing the right of all workers to fair and complete collective bargaining.
In 1997, AUPE recovered the rear and concluded 79 agreements for 30,000 members. In March 1998, members of the University of Alberta Hospital and Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton gave up work for six hours – enough to win a colony. In early 2000, Edmonon`s care assistants went on strike for two days and reached a significant agreement. Further successes followed and, although AUPE faced fines and tax freezes for its defences, its financial situation improved. The government took advantage of the weakened state of the AUPE and opened negotiations in 1994 by announcing 5% flat-rate cuts to the public service, as well as government-dependent boards and agencies for funding. After a long campaign, AUPE ratified agreements with reductions of around 2.3 per cent, with the remainder concluded on days off and on public holidays. The union and the government signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to extend workplace safety rules until the end of June. Negotiations on a new collective agreement were also frozen until the end of June. AUPE remains active in the labour and provincial movement in Alberta. In the fall of 2007, she ran a major campaign to lobby for changes to Alberta`s labour laws that prohibit strikes by most AUPE members. Despite these prohibitions, AUPE members have repeatedly engaged in illegal strikes to speed up their collective agreement claims.
In 2014, AUPE has 33 Aboriginal people and manages more than 120 separate collective agreements. The union employs more than 100 people at edmonton headquarters and several regional offices in municipalities across the province of Alberta, including Peace River, Grande Prairie, Athabasca, Camrose, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge.