Among the CSA`s historical milestones are pensions in 1923. Group life insurance 1934. Fee control in 1947. Mileage quotas in 1948. A 40-hour week in 1955. Four weeks of vacation after 24 years in 1956. A classification procedure in 1957. The first CSA agreement with a board of directors in 1958 for Branch 23 at the University of Alberta Hospital. Half of the sick premiums were taken care of by the employer in 1967. New legislation, which the CSA recognized in 1968 as the sole bargaining partner for Crown staff, as well as for some boards of directors and agencies. AUPE began life on March 26, 1919, when a small group of Alberta government employees held a constituent assembly at First Presbyterian Church, north of Edmonon. They agreed to join the Alberta Civil Service Association (CSA) and elected Judson Lambe as their first president.

They adopted a coat of arms that said, “Protecting the security unit.” 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. AUPE is funded by all members who benefit from the benefits of a collective agreement and union representation. Each member pays 1.25% of their base salary to AUPE in the form of tax-deductible union levies (fees are not paid for overtime or bonuses). This sentence can only be changed by a two-thirds majority of delegates at the annual meeting. The democratically elected delegates sent to the Convention determine how AUPE money is spent. Between agreements, the State Committee controls expenses and financial statements are available to all members for on-demand verification. In the spring of 1974, 300 members of the Ministry of Health and Social Development demonstrated against an arbitrary change in the legal rights to leave. The government gave in.

During the same season, employees of the Alberta Liquor Control Board went on strike for 10 days and won significant pay increases. In response to the deteriorating financial situation, the AUPE executive in July 1994 set up a special agreement to temporarily increase levies to 1.5%.