Labour Federation launches campaign aimed at convincing Alberta union members to make their presence felt at the ballot box

    Parties need to "Show Us the Plan" before earning support from working

    EDMONTON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Alberta is in the midst of an historic election
campaign - and the province's largest union organization is encouraging its
members to take full advantage of the moment.
    "For the first time in more than 30 years, a Conservative victory is not
a foregone conclusion," says Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil
    "It's at times like these that citizens can really flex their democratic
muscles - and demand more from politicians. That's exactly what we're
encouraging our members to do."
    As part of the AFL's "Show Us the Plan" campaign, unions affiliated to
the Federation will mail or hand deliver leaflets to between 120,000 and
130,000 union households across the province.
    The leaflets - along with the campaign website, -
make the case that the Stelmach Conservatives have failed to articulate a
clear vision for Alberta's oil-sands-driven economy.
    The campaign also shows that the Conservatives have failed to adequately
address pressing problems like the rising cost of living; our province's
crumbling infrastructure and over-burdened public services, and the potential
for thousands of Alberta jobs to be "shipped down the pipeline" to upgraders
and refineries in the United States.
    "This election is pivotal for the future of our province," says McGowan.
"We want our members to understand the importance of the issues and the
important roll they have as voters in setting the future direction for our
    The campaign's central leaflet reminds voters of the track records of
both the Klein and Stelmach governments and concludes that political change is
healthy and long overdue in Alberta.
    "Albertans may look back on this election as the time they started
blazing a new path for the 21st century," says McGowan. "We want to encourage
our members to seize this moment and help lead the way toward a new and better
    The Show Us the Plan campaign is separate from - but complementary
to - the Albertans for Change campaign that the AFL is co-sponsoring with the
Alberta Building Trades Council and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
    More events associated with the AFL campaign are planned over the next
two and a half weeks. Details of these events will be announced in stages over
the next week to ten days.
    "It's important to note that in all of our campaign efforts, we're not
trying to tell people who to vote for." says McGowan. "What we're trying to do
instead is provide our members with the tools they need to cast informed
ballots. We are convinced that, together, Albertans can turn up the heat on
our politicians and get better government and a better future in return."

For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President at (780) 483-3021
(office) or (780) 218-9888 (cell)

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