Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees are to meet Friday in Edmonton to elect a new executive and vote on policy resolutions.
So far, current president Guy Smith is running unopposed for the union's top job, although it's possible other candidates could be nominated on the convention floor.
Smith said he will continue to challenge Premier Alison Redford's government on public-sector job cuts in post-secondary education and proposed public pension plan changes.
"I am a fighter and I put my union first in the interest of the members," he said Wednesday.
"We are very disappointed with the Redford government. We believe that her policies and the direction her government is going have betrayed Albertans."
He said an April strike by jail guards and a campaign to fight the closure of Red Deer's Michener Centre for people with physical and mental disabilities show the union is determined to stand up for its members.
A judicial review on the Alberta government's decision to close Michener Centre is to be heard in March.
The guard's strike saw hundreds of correctional officers, provincial sheriffs and some court staff walk off the job illegally over safety concerns at the new Edmonton Remand Centre.
The government forced them back to work with a court order, which included heavy fines for the union. The province also fired some of the employees.
Last month, the province proposed sweeping changes to public-sector pensions, including an end to early retirement incentives, to overcome a $7.4-billion unfunded liability. The union contends that the proposed changes are not necessary.
Alberta's public-sector pension, spread over four plans, has 200,000 active members and 120,000 retirees.
Cuts at universities, colleges and technical schools in response to $147 million in government budget rollbacks this year are also on the minds of AUPE members, Smith said.
"They have been hit very hard. I think post-secondary education is the area that our members are feeling hurt the most."
The union says it represents about 83,000 people in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.
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