Drumheller manufacturing workers try to unionize

The 85 workers are employed with a company that manufactures plastic products.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their most recent New Applications Report. In the report is a new application for union certification in Alberta.

The application was filed on 6 April 2023 by Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union. This union is applying on behalf of all workers employed by W. Ralston (Canada) Inc.

The Montréal-based employer has a manufacturing facility in Drumheller, where they produce various plastic products for waste management. It is also part of the New Jersey-based Inteplast Group.

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According to the application, if the union certification is approved, it would apply to 85 workers.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application to occur on 24 April 2022.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports, here’s a copy of the most recent one.

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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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