Crane operators file for unionization

If successful, this would affect about 5 workers.

Last week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their final New Applications Report of July. In the report is a new application for union certification in Alberta.

The application was filed on 28 July 2023 by Local 955 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

This union is applying on behalf of all general construction operating engineers employed by Omega Morgan Canada, Inc.

Based out of Oregon in the United States, Omega Morgan specializes in specialty moving services, such as crane operation. The company has two locations in Canada, including one in Rocky View County, just east of Calgary.

I reached out to Declan Regan the president of IUOE Local 955 to see if he had further the information on the unionization drive. Regan is also the business agent for IUOE 955’s Central District.

According to Regan, several crane operators at Omega Morgan had reached out to IUOE 955 for support and assistance, which led to Local 955 beginning the unionization process.

He told The Alberta Worker that he’s confident the certification process will be successful.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application for 14 August 2023. The employer will have an opportunity then to present arguments for why certification shouldn’t occur at that location.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports, here’s a copy of this report.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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