Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Alberta unions mount campaign to halt labour-reform Bill 26

read full article: Daily Commercial News
The Alberta government introduced Bill 26 or the Labour Relations Amendment Act 2008 in the afternoon of June 2. After more than eight straight hours of debate, Bill 26 was passed at around 3:15 a.m. on June 5.

“They jammed this by us so quickly that a lot of our members, contractors and the general public were not aware of it,” said Tim Brower, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 424.

The new bill requires employees in the construction sector to have worked for an employer for 30 days, before participating in a union certification vote. Even when a union earns the right to certify, employees will have 90 days to reconsider their decision to join a union.

In response to this situation, the IBEW is launching an advertising campaign that tells Albertans the law will take away pension and health benefits from workers.

“You work hard, pay your taxes and contribute to pension and health plans your family counts on,” explains the ad.

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