Jason Kenney's government passed a new law that undermines the ability of workers to speak collectively and to advocate for improvements at work. Introduced as Bill 32, it became law after it was rushed through the legislature in all-night sessions earlier this summer. We analyzed this bill from many perspectives, and opposed it for the harm it will do to education workers’ rights. Here are some sample graphics and background materials published over the summer:
Bill 32: The worst of U.S. labour law comes to Alberta
Unifor locals and National Executive Board take steps to defend workers’ rights in Alberta
Kenney’s attack on unions makes corporate bosses even more powerful
Alberta’s Bill 32: What does it really say?
Many questions remain about the law that will be clarified when the Ministry of Labour publishes the regulations associated with the bill later this fall. For example, What obligations will exist on employers? What will change for union members? How will this affect our local union?
When the regulations are revealed, we will learn more about how the government will unilaterally define which of our local union work is "political"—as if it should even have a say how we advocate for our members in the workplace. We'll be keeping an eye out for these regulations and will be sure to keep you informed of any developments.
In addition to Bill 32, we're very concerned that Kenney's government is interested in importing more of the worst labour laws from the United States to Alberta. Unifor is actively working with other unions in the province to coordinate the next steps of the fight back campaign. I encourage you to have a look at the Alberta Federation of Labour website to see the latest updates and campaigns: afl.org/defend-worker-rights
Right now, many of us—as workers and as parents—are preoccupied with ensuring the safety of ourselves and our families through the back-to-school period. When the legislature resumes on October 26, we will want to pay attention to what else the government has in store.
I encourage you to reach out to me if you want more information on Bill 32, or if you are interested in being involved with our local's political action efforts.