Employers in Alberta treat their workers fairly, so we don’t see a lot of labour unrest. In fact, Alberta has one of the lowest rates of unionization with less than 20% of our workforce (about 400,000 workers) covered by union agreements. Union members have the right to bargain collectively with their employers in areas such as wages, hours of work, working conditions and grievance procedures.
The majority of collective agreements in Alberta are settled without job action. The Government of Alberta offers mediation services to assist parties in resolving collective bargaining negotiations (www.employment.alberta.ca).
Alberta Labour Relations Board (www.alrb.gov.ab.ca) is an independent and impartial tribunal responsible for the day-to-day application and interpretation of Alberta's labour laws. The Board interprets and applies the legislation governing collective bargaining. If parties cannot resolve their differences through mediation, the Labour Relations Code describes the processes for strikes and lockouts, and various options for arbitration.
Alberta Trade and Professional Employee Unions – Lethbridge Alberta
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE):
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is Alberta’s largest union, representing more than 70,000 Albertans who work in government, health care, education, boards and agencies, municipalities and private companies. The majority of AUPE’s members work in the public sector in occupations that include clerical, nursing, social services, trades and maintenance, and technical work. Approximately one third of AUPE’s total members are direct employees of the Alberta provincial government, working in a wide variety of occupations, while about half of AUPE's total members are employed in the heath-care sector. http://www.aupe.org/
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 987:
The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 180,000 members in 267 local unions spread across 46 states and nine provinces. In the west provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia the Canadian Council has taken on worker's compensation and income tax reform, mandatory blood testing and harassment in the workplace legislation. http://www.atu.org/content/pages/canada_west
Building Trades of Alberta:
Building Trades of Alberta has 16 trade unions with 22 local offices across Alberta. We have over 60,000 union members in the trades. There are 15 of the 16 trade unions represented in the Southern Alberta region.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):
With 600,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines. http://cupe.ca/
Lethbridge Fire Fighters Union (IAFF) Local 237:
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 237 represents approximately 145 members within the Lethbridge Fire Department and the Lethbridge Public Safety Communications Centre. We are members of an International Association of approximately 267,000 members. Lethbridge IAFF Local 237 was formed in 1920, two years after the formation of the IAFF in 1918. http://www.lethbridgefirefighters.com/history.php
Lethbridge Police Association (LPA):
The Alberta Federation of Police Associations is a professional police association dedicated to addressing local, provincial and national police association issues.