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In what is again becoming a typical Alberta scene, workers, this time unionized nurses, protest Kenney Government policies at the Alberta Legislature last week. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Canadian charter rights stand in the way of the objective of silencing unions, Alberta's UCP seems prepared to bulldoze them.
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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews speaks about budget 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After a four-year respite, it looks as if the days of perpetual chaos in Alberta's health-care system are about to return with a vengeance.
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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Big changes to public-sector bargaining introduced by Alberta's UCP government yesterday is likely to unleash a flood of litigation.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If you have nothing better to do this afternoon, why not contact the ministry of red tape reduction and let them know about the duplication over at the ministry of labour?
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AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
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Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith speaks wither reporters about Bill 9 earlier this month at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term, this doesn't leave the government a lot of palatable options if it doesn't want to upset federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's rickety applecart before October 21.
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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews holds a news conference yesterday in a hallway of the Legislature inaccessible to most members of the public (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP won't risk passing legislation bad enough to become part of the federal election campaign in battleground Ontario until after the vote. Bill 9 buys time.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Labour Minister Jason Copping, in shirtsleeves. Photo: Screenshot of news conference
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians don't elect Conservative governments to be empathetic. They elect them to squeeze people they resent. In this regard, the UCP is performing to specifications.
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Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith last night in the basement of Edmonton’s First Presbyterian Church, where public sector trade unionism got its start in Alberta 100 years earlier. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | The struggle to protect the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively for their own good and the good of society continues today.
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Athabasca University campus. Photo: daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Forcing Athabasca University administrators to reach a contract their faculty can live with would serve the public interest and government's political interest. What's not to like about that?
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Finance Minister Joe Ceci, flanked by public service pension members, discussed Bill 27 at a press conference Tuesday (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act will bring public service pension governance in Alberta into the Canadian mainstream.
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AUPE members on strike, in July 1980 in defiance of premier Peter Lougheed’s no-strike legislation (Photo: Alberta Union of Provincial Employees).
David J. Climenhaga | While details are still scarce, this agreement with AUPE seems unlikely to give the opposition very much to get its critics' teeth into.