Would you hire a wolf to guard your sheep? Well, Rachel Notley just did.
The NDP have hired a former Alberta Union of Public Employees staff negotiator to negotiate on behalf of the Government with the Alberta Union of Public Employees.
Have these people never heard of a conflict of interest before?
Kevin Davediuk was a staff negotiator for the AUPE, a union of mostly government employees whose contracts are up for negotiation soon. As of yesterday, he was still listed as a staff negotiator at AUPE. He’s made a career out of getting what he can out of the government on behalf of our bloated public sector.
As an Albertan, do you feel like you're going to have someone who will bargain hard with the unions to defend your pocket book? I don’t. This union/government overlap isn't new with Rachel Notley’s NDP government. It’s a feature and not a bug. Mark Wells was a communications strategist with the AUPE. He now has a 6 figure job heading up the communications arm of the Alberta government called the Public Affairs Bureau. The NDP named their first budget “The Alberta Way”. That’s a slogan and trademark used by the AUPE.
After 3 more years, we won’t know where the union ends and the Government begins.