Alberta Federation of Labour sounds alarm over potential legislative changes impacting unions

The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour says he’s seen already drafted legislation that will inhibit unions’ ability to advocate on political issues.

Gil McGowan says labour leaders across the province were emailed letters by the provincial government last Friday asking them to meet this weekend, and that has them fearing the UCP will be making changes sooner rather than later.

McGowan said he was leaked legislation that would force unions to get a mandate from their members on any political activism, giving workers the option to prevent their dues from supporting lobbying efforts.

The Alberta Federation of Labour represents 175,000 workers across the province in both the public and private sector.

McGowan said unions have campaigned on issues including higher minimum wage, childcare and employee safety standards.

He calls the proposed changes undemocratic and unconstitutional.

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