December 04, 2015

Why is Notley trying to force farmers, ranchers into WCB system she once called “broken"?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

MLA Rachel Notley hated the Workers Compensation Board. But Premier Rachel Notley, loves it. 

She loves it so much that she wants to give WCB 43,000 more customers in the form of Alberta farms and ranches by forcing them to buy WCB coverage with her new farm safety legislation, Bill 6.

Notley really does hate WCB. Or she did. She spoke at protests that were held in front of the WCB building. She spoke out against the WCB system in Alberta as broken and miserly and bad for workers. She wanted the system reformed.

But Rachel Notley has done nothing to fix what she claims is wrong with WCB since taking power in May. Absolutely nothing.

Yet now, Rachel Notley is trying to force farmers, most of whom choose to carry more expensive and more comprehensive private liability insurance, into a bad miserly system that hurts workers.

It’s not good enough for her union friends but its good enough for farmers. Why? Is it because the Alberta Federation of Labour wants to unionize the WCB employees?

When responding to a question about the WCB bonus system for their employees, Gil McGowan of the AFL said this:

"We are also the only province where WCB employees are not represented by a union. No union would have ever allowed this kind of system to be imposed. It puts WCB staff members in a horrible conflict of interest position"

So is Bill 6 really about safety the way Notley keeps saying? Because I’m not sure how sending WCB a cheque every month makes anyone safer. And Rachel Notley says WCB is a broken system anyway.

AFL wants to unionize WCB. And the United Food and Commercial Workers want to unionize farm workers.

This is about pleasing the unions that got the NDP elected on the backs of farmers and ranchers.


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commented 2015-12-07 03:07:13 -0500
Farmers paying into WCB would be a source of increased revenue for the government.
commented 2015-12-05 13:45:40 -0500
Aside from the anti private, independent business agenda of the Dips and their underlying anti-rural depopulating agenda 21 directives, I can see the immediate effect of swelling the coffers of WCB with mandatory farming premiums. My wife worked at WCB for years and the stories she told of the public sector union deadbeats who union fixers like Notley got onto the WCB dole were horrific and prolific. A long term WCB disability claim is the gold at the end of the slacker’s rainbow – and believe me there are plenty of these freeloaders working grunt jobs for the city and province – this is Notley’s loyal voting block.

So the plan to stuff WCB with fat premium revenues from the agri-businesses (which will rarely claim) to have a new honey pot of dole money to expend on her public sector union slackers who want early retirement or a paid sabbatical via a lush WCB claim for “back spasms” seems like just more dependent voting block building.
commented 2015-12-05 13:37:26 -0500
WCB is nothing more than a cash trough that doesn’t nothing but enrich the WCB. It’s a system that so tilted against the injured it’s another form of organized crime.
commented 2015-12-05 11:47:29 -0500
Love the song “Alberta Way” that someone posted the web site for. Sent it to the NDP government of Alberta. Even though I live down East, my sister and niece live in Alberta!
commented 2015-12-05 11:29:39 -0500
This is just another tax grab like the one Ontario used for owners of small contracting businesses. Who in their right mind as a small business owner would contribute to a fund which offers a possible 60% of lost wages(if the claim is accepted) vs private life and disability insurance which GUARANTEES 100% of lost wages. Only an idiot politician believes this is a good trade off.
commented 2015-12-05 10:46:18 -0500
This bill is a way to force out family farms,unionize large corporate farms and prepare for land appropriation. They need somewhere outside of the public eye to put up birdkillers i mean windmills. Also it creates a pleasant way to hire more aupe health and safety inspectors . They won’t use the ones who have no oilfield sites left to inspect they will hire more
commented 2015-12-05 04:21:19 -0500
I have it on good authority that young Rachel Notley visited a farm in her youth and stepped in some chicken poo, which really, really upset the little Miss… The rest is history…
commented 2015-12-05 02:50:57 -0500
Sheila, you are just speculating.

There is no guarantee that even if the farm family employees unionize, that they will go with UFCW.

Can you imagine the union rep driving out to all the individual family farms in the middle of rural Alberta to conduct union business? Think of how many hotel conference rooms they need to rent just to have a place to hold the collective agreement ballot boxes. Just doing the collective agreement bargaining process would be a tedious task. It would not be worth it for the unions.

My guess is, this is just a publicity stunt for the unions. Unionizing farms would not be profitable for unions.
commented 2015-12-05 00:36:05 -0500
Albertans voted negatively because they seen no choice the wildrose was sabotaged by prentice and brian jean really had no chance be the leader . I see he still struggles somewhat. He needs to find his voice soon or someone else must step to the fore. A strong leader who speeks for liberty democracy and service.we need strength against the voices of surrender to global socialism and socialism in ottowa
commented 2015-12-04 22:52:17 -0500
People who have noted my posts know where I stand with respect to Notley and the invisible McCuaig-Boyd…but now note that Marg has said if you are out of work move to B.C. I’m not sure what she has against Saskatchewan, it has a real economy; she could export our workers there as well.

However, I have little sympathy, as a W/R, with those Albertans that solely made a vote against the P/C’s without thought. You have what you deserve for voting negatively; sadly you took the rest of us down with you. I came across R-wing at the door who said they were voting NDP as the best choice against the P/C…made no sense. You vote negatively, you don’t get positive results.

Sad to say as 4th Gen Albertan, but Alberta is getting what it deserves for negative voting. W/R would not be government now, but NDP would not be majority either.

Thanks Buds.

To correct your mistake, start hounding your MLA, particularly if they are NDP…and always add this song

I’m going to do this for Marg every chance I get…she loves music.

Also, ask Marg why she thinks, as Energy Minister, our young workers should go to BC. And don’t let up!
commented 2015-12-04 22:31:40 -0500
Broken, miserly, and bad are not the terms I would use to describe Alberta’s WCB. The problem is much deeper and much more serious. A look at at who, how many, and for what reasons workers are turned down is a story well worth following. The numbers alone should start to set off alarm bells. The bonuses are certainly part of it but there are consequences of those bonuses that should not be happening. It is certainly a situation farmers and ranchers should be looking at very closely. I would suspect that there are many who have worked off the farm who could tell some very sad stories.
commented 2015-12-04 21:40:42 -0500
Elton how about wildrose 2016 after albertans march on their legislature and force the socialists back to toronto
commented 2015-12-04 21:37:03 -0500
This woman actually has to force her face to smile. Does anybody else notice this? I make faces like hers when I’m the bathroom contemplating a natural occurrence. She should farm her herself out when she’s exhausted herself from politics to do Metamucil commercials so potential customers can see her face splattered from coast to coast.
commented 2015-12-04 21:15:53 -0500
Are we all in agreement this time? Wild Rose in 2019.
commented 2015-12-04 20:30:02 -0500
Notley and her Motley Crew, should join the Seamen’s Union, this way they could all go to sea and get jobs as Bar Stewards, for this is what they really are.
commented 2015-12-04 20:13:56 -0500
Various NDP Governments have had more than a couple of kicks at the can here in BC. When the were in power they bloated the Government bureaucracy, increased the number of ministries, branches and departments, loaded the top with pencil pushers, accountants and lawyers who did nothing all day but hold meetings, drink coffee, eat doughnuts while waxing eloquently and profoundly at great length to show everyone how smart they are (I had to attend some of those meetings). They increase taxes on small business and formed cozy relations with public sector unions. When I joined the BC Forest Service in 1968 the Forest Act was small green book less than half an inch thick, and it worked just fine. That’s because it was written in plain English. Simple, if you violated any of the provisions of the Forest Act you were breaking the Law. The options and authority of Forest Officers were clearly spelled out and everything made sense; don’t litter, don’t steal crown timber, don’t start Forest Fires, don’t poach wildlife. etc. Now, if the rules and regulations of today were on printed paper, I’m sure the books and manuals would form several stacks more than 10 feet high. But that’s Socialism, that’s Nanny state government, that’s the “saving us from ourselves” mentality of the self-important elitist do-gooders who sincerely believe that they know what’s best for us. That may be pompous and arrogant, but it’s still well-intended.

In BC, the various NDP Governments may have made doing business more difficult, and increased the burden on small business and the working man/woman, but they didn’t interfere with our private lives. That’s what’s different with what’s happening in Alberta. It isn’t Socialism, it’s a Marxist/Leninist Dictatorship. I want to be careful of my language here because I don’t want to be accused of engaging in hyperbole, but while I would not compare what’s going on in Alberta with Nazi Germany, it’s definitely heading in that direction. Nobody is being marched off to death camps, but it’s definitely a clamp-down on personal liberties, freedoms and civil rights we’ve always taken for granted in Canada. And it’s pure evil!
commented 2015-12-04 20:08:47 -0500
Typical NDP tactic…. find a disenfranchised group, fan the flames of their grievances and convince them (with great ease), that they are not responsible for any hardship and the ‘government must coddle them’ and charge more taxes to fund the whole scheme…. and of course it’s all the fault of any who earn income based on creating value and that only unionized labour can offer a solution….
commented 2015-12-04 19:50:07 -0500
She knows not what goes on at WCB. I am a business man and buy my own coverage. Premiums go up and down with safety and claims. Rachel Notley is a Door Knob in this video. She is a liar and is after the money just like all the other politicians. She just isn’t as elegant about it as the other guys were. We need a completely new system. Throw some in jail for a change, and their union cronies. Vote in Judges. Give control back to the people.
What happened to the Bull about CO2 emissions?
Two years ago already – >
Kick em out. Replace them with something that can’t be ripped off. Like the end of a rope.
commented 2015-12-04 19:46:55 -0500
the ndp won’t waste the money from the unions that money is donations to the party itself that will go to pay for kommisar notleys private villa. speaking of that has any one in Edmonton noticed if construction on redfords palace at alberta health has started up again?
commented 2015-12-04 19:26:50 -0500
She knows the WCB will do little for injured workers but they will take in money for her to waste.
commented 2015-12-04 18:55:20 -0500
Hard to be covered under WCB when you don’t have a job
Keep passing this around the movement is growing. Kick out the ndpigs
commented 2015-12-04 18:39:51 -0500
Time for insurrection in first Alberta then Ontario then Canada as a whole.
These people will not stop until stopped by the people.
I’m not in Alberta, but I will join you if you need me and help in anyway I can.
commented 2015-12-04 17:57:27 -0500
standard ndp socialist mantra: employers must pay more, unions must be made bigger, individual freedom must be crushed