New Member Information
How it works
The United Utility Workers’ Association (UUWA) is a collective of employees who work for various employers in the energy sector. The Association has been given legal authority by the Alberta Labour Relations Board to represent these employees. The UUWA represents approximately 1,700 members, such as power line technicians, designers, administrators, meter readers, technicians and receptionists under various Collective Agreements. The Association negotiates with employers to secure terms of employment and working conditions on your behalf in a democratic manner – you have input toward the content of your company’s collective agreement, and vote on acceptance of it. The Association has a Board of Directors which consists of Presidents and Directors elected from each employee group; and, a CEO and Secretary-Treasurer elected from that Board. Your direct workplace representative is a Unit Coordinator (UC) or Job Discipline Representative (JDR). Collectively the Board and UCs provide the Association direction.
Benefits of represetation
Association members enjoy competitive wages and conditions of employment as a result of affiliation with the UUWA. The Association offers full-time professionals skilled in labour relations and negotiation to represent you when issues arise. If there is a breach of the Collective Agreement or difficulty in the workplace, the Association works to come to an acceptable resolution, which may include enacting grievance proceedings or pursuing it to arbitration. The Association normally incurs the legal costs of any such proceedings.