A new labour law was just passed in Alberta called the Fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act. The government is selling it as an update to outdated labour laws in saying it extends protections to parents of sick or missing children, preventing their employers from terminating them.
And if that were all that it did, I’d be fine with it. But with everything the NDP does, this bill is clouded in Orwellian doublespeak. This bill that’s being promoted as a way to make it easier to be a working parent in the 21st century really opens to door to widespread union thuggery on the scale that Alberta has not seen since the days of the Gainers strike in the 1980s.
Protecting you from being fired for having a sick or kidnapped child is just one thing on one page of this 252-page bill. It swings the door wide open for farm workers to strike. It takes away the secret ballot for unions certification and if you work in a union shop and lucky enough to not be required to join a union, they can deduct dues on your behalf anyway.
But there is one thing buried deep in this bill that seems like a subtle meaningless change. The NDP removed the words “and not anywhere else” with regard to where a strike can happen - as in at the employer's place of business “ and not anywhere else”. This now means that a strike at one business could spread to many other different, unrelated, independent non-union companies all across the province because they may do business with another involved in labour dispute. The picketers can come to “persuade” companies and customers to not do business with their employer anywhere they like.
Worse still, the bill opens the door for union violence to rear its ugly head in Alberta again by removing the word “unlawful” and replacing it with the subjective word “wrongful” when referring to behavior picketing strikers can use to persuade you not to do business with their employer. Illegal is clear. Wrongful depends on opinions. But whose opinion? Well, that’s where this gets even worse. What’s wrongful gets decided by a board chosen by the government who is, for now, the NDP.
And the NDP just aren't friendly to the unions because they share their far left wing anti-capitalist ideology. They actually are the unions. According to a letter filed by the Wildrose party with the ethics commissioner, 27 NDP MLAs have ties to labour unions, and another 4 are linked through their spouses. 31 of 53 NDP MLAs, 60 percent of the government, are directly tied to the unions or literally in bed with the unions. 14 of those 31 MLAs even served as union leadership.
No employer stands a hope in hell against this government and these unions. This is the kind of labour law that scares the daylights out of businesses looking to move to Alberta- I mean, if the carbon tax didn't already scare them off.
If a United Conservative Party Bill 1 is repealing the carbon tax, Bill 2 should be repealing and replacing this attack on free enterprise in Alberta.