In the meantime, the ironworkers ratified an agreement a week early and there is now debate in front of the Alberta Labour Relations Board about voter eligibility.
That’s because there’s no “jurisprudence,” or precedent, explained Barry Salmon, media liaison for the unions and an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Most of the arguments concern foreign workers contracted at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL), said Salmon.
The contention allegedly surrounds a no-strike guarantee and questions whether workers hired within the last 60 days can vote.
“We’re saying, if you’re paying dues ... yes (you can vote),” said Salmon.