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STATEMENT: AFL responds to Government 'consultation' on Bill 32 (2020)

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EDMONTON – Alberta Federation of Labor (AFL) Treasurer Karen Kuprys issued the following statement in response to the UCP government's “consultation” on Bill 32: Restoring Balance in the Workplace Act (2020). Attached for background is a joint statement from the AFL and five other organizations to the Government of Alberta.

“Bill 32 is an irreparable bill. Attempts at “consultation” are little more than window dressing.

“Unions are governed by their members. The UCP government is attempting to take both power and voice away from workers by interfering in union advocacy. Ironically, a government that claims it wants to cut “bureaucracy” has placed unimaginable burdens on unions.

“Bill 32 must be rejected immediately. Anything less than that is unacceptable to Alberta workers.”

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MEDIA CONTACT:
John Ashton
Communications Director, AFL
Email: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

The following joint statement is supported by the Alberta Federation of Labor, Unifor, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Alberta (CUPE Alberta), United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), United Steelworkers District 3 (USW), and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 401 (UFCW 401):

“The election fee provisions in Bill 32 represent an unnecessary government intrusion into the internal governance of our union. They require us to conduct and pay for processes that are not of our members’ choosing. Section 26.1 of the Industrial Relations Act and the associated Regulation 260/2021, Regulation on the election of trade union dues, should both be repealed. There is no need for the government to legislate or monitor the private, internal operations of Alberta unions regarding the use of union dues.”