EDMONTON, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The injunction awarded Friday against
the Alberta government's Bill 46 is a welcomed development in the fight
for fair bargaining, according to Unifor. As a result of the
injunction, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) can
proceed with a legal challenge to the bill.
"Bill 46 was a reckless attempt to weaken workers' rights," said Unifor
Western Director Scott Doherty. "Given how heavy-handed and extreme the
Redford government was treating public sector workers, we are not
surprised that a judge ordered an injunction."
Bill 46 was passed in December 2013. It prohibited the AUPE from
applying for compulsory arbitration to settle contract disputes. The
injunction also blocks the collective agreement that was to be imposed
on the union later this year.
"Unions and collective bargaining are the only way working people can
achieve a level playing field with their employer," Doherty said. "Bill
46 was a violation of basic principles of fairness and justice."
Unifor President Jerry Dias will be in Alberta on February 18 (Edmonton)
and 19 (Fort McMurray) to speak to members about the provincial and
federal attacks on collective bargaining rights.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org