Charter Rights and Collective Bargaining: Implications for Alberta

    Union Leaders Meet to Discuss Recent Groundbreaking Supreme Court

    EDMONTON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ -

                      AFL Labour Day Labour Law Seminar
                             Thursday, August 30
                             9:30 am to 3:30 pm
                    Salon C, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe
                       (10111 Bellamy Hill), Edmonton

    Union leaders from across the province will be meeting in Edmonton to
discuss the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada decision released this
summer overturning B.C. legislation imposing a collective agreement on health
care workers.
    In summary, the Court decided that the right to association, guaranteed
in the Charter, extends to the right to free collective bargaining. Labour law
observers agree the decision is a landmark decision that will have wide
ranging effect on government policy, union strategies and the shape of
industrial relations in Canada.
    "This summer the Supreme Court has dramatically shifted the landscape of
collective bargaining in this country. Alberta unions need to understand the
full ramifications of this decision if we are to ensure our members can best
take advantage of it," says AFL President Gil McGowan.
    Five respected Alberta labour lawyers will make presentations to union
leaders discussing the implications of the decisions and how Alberta unions
can best take advantage of this new development. The presentations and
discussion will cover implications for Alberta's major industries, including
construction, health care and energy.
    About 50 leaders are expected to attend the all-day event. Media are
welcome at any time during the day.

For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President @ (780) 218-9888; or
Jason Foster, AFL Director of Policy Analysis @ (780) 483-3021 or

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