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Kenney singles out most vulnerable workers for first labour attack

May 27, 2019 - 12:00 AM

EDMONTON—Alberta’s most vulnerable workers will have fewer rights if Bill 2 becomes law, says Unifor.

“Jason Kenney has made employers more powerful and workers more economically insecure,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s National President. “Bill 2 was designed to keep Alberta’s most vulnerable workers low-wage and powerless.”

Unifor says the bill makes it more difficult for workers seeking protection to join a union. It makes changes to the union certification process, giving employers greater opportunities to threaten workers before holding a vote. Bill 2 eliminates workers’ option to achieve union certification by collecting signed union cards from 65% of workers in a workplace, a tactic undertaken when organizers believe that intimidation from bosses will be a factor in a vote.

“Employers already hold most of the power in non-union workplaces,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor’s Western Regional Director. “It’s clear already that Jason Kenney is going to be a premier for the powerful.”

The bill also claws back wage gains for young minimum wage workers and workers with banked overtime.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org