Monday, September 25, 2006

Boom Time in Alberta: "but live in a tent"

Boom Time in Alberta - Insider Media Group, Canada
As Peter Lougheed, a former premier of Alberta stated in a recent Canadian Business article “People come to the province, find a good job, but live in a tent.” It appears that there are not even enough tents to go around. Homelessness has grown considerably throughout the province. Having affected 447 in a 1992 count, 3,436 people were tallied up as homeless last spring.    

Rising labour costs are making government dollars less effective. Money spent on transportation and infrastructure is unable to keep up with citizen’s use on current facilities and requirements for new roads. Even medically, the province is unable to keep up, as a current shortage of 1,088 physicians is expected to increase to 1,541 in 2010. 

In perhaps the most ironic aspect of this situation, the oil that caused Alberta’s economic boom is now hurting the oil companies itself. Shell Canada recently announced to unhappy investors that the company’s activities in Alberta would cost 12.8 billion dollars as apposed to the 7.3 billion dollars originally estimated due to rising labour costs.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

A majority of Cmaw members have affiliated by vote to the CEP, Its alll over except for the crying

Anonymous said...

I am looking forword to being involved in a progress Canadian Union that fights for it's members it is about time....

Anonymous said...

what the fuck has the CEP done for us ? driver. but just wait, just ask josh or JAN ! guys i work out there! you cep sell outs.i want to be a bc union ,not a cep sell out rep . how much they payin? can you put your belt back on josh.

Anonymous said...

randy ,just get a job for josh or the cep . but dont lie to the membership.so randy if the cep is so great ,please tell me if the driver agreement,is the start?

Anonymous said...

josh has never worn a belt, thats what you get when you let the CEP appoint a construction rep, as for randy i have worked with him he brings a whole new meaning to the word useless, oh yeah on the cep affiliation only a handfull of 1995 members voted to affiliate to the cep and randy counted the ballots!

Anonymous said...

90% is 90% thats what they got, case closed.

Local 1927 got 97% and I believe the ballots where counted at the front of the meeting.

When is Brian going to let me vote ?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Brian and the Millwrights. You just keep on trucking right into the abyss.

Just a note, when the Carpenters voted on their contract, the millwrights comprised 25% of the vote.So becareful when you want the Millwrigts to vote,they can actually get the vote out, Not like the Carpenters who cant even get 16% of the vote out on their best day.

Anonymous said...

i hope you mean local 1928, if so i hope you told the members how much thier dues are going up

Anonymous said...

Brothers,
Brian makes Len Werden look like a choirboy.

Why didn't I get to vote on my benefits and pension like the carpenters did.

Why don't we just vote on the CEP affiliation and be done with it one way or another.
It won't mean much because a lot of us are not working on a 2736
dispatch.

If it wasn't for our ties to the carpenters there would be nothing holding Zdrillic from delivering us to the International all tied up with a pretty bow.

At least when the Werden brothers were around we were all working.

BRING BACK LEN WERDEN

Anonymous said...

What kind of idiot do you take me for? You are obviously not a millwright! Go back to your claw hammer Local and pound nails you chump!

Anonymous said...

Nobody had a higher opinion of Werden than I, and I thought he was useless, You make him look good.

Anonymous said...

so here is the scoop. jan nosteris a cep member president of cmaw which is the carpenters breakaway union and the carpenters dues are paying his wages, wait a minute, since when is the cmaw president a paid position

Anonymous said...

To much bad press already! If we don't pay him he will be out pulling armed robberies again. Rather than simply stealing a pay check. When was Jan ELECTED as president anyway.

Anonymous said...

jan noster is a cep rep in charge of the carpenters. who elected him, no members voted for him

Anonymous said...

Kitimat Carpenters Local 1081, voted 100% in favour of affilliation with CEP.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Kitimat the local where Frank Noolan, Tony Heisterkamp and George Jalava, invaded the local meeting and tried to persuade the members there that CMAW and CEP were bad ideas ?
Well GeorgeTony and Frank I guess you convinced the Kitimat members that CMAW and CEP were good ideas after all.
Good job guys.
Congratulations to Kitimat members for sorting through the bullshit and making up their own minds.

Anonymous said...

heard that driver was kicked out of elk falls because they couldnt deliver.

Anonymous said...

I predict that Brian will soon get plastic surgery so he can look more like his mentor Len Werden.
You all remember Len he's the guy who led the Building trades to defeat and near bankruptcy over Pt Alberni a few years ago.