Edmonton cement workers file for strike vote

The workers have been without a collective agreement since November.

I was reviewing the most recent new applications report from the Alberta Labour Relations Board, when I noticed a union had applied with ALRB for a strike vote.

Local D359 with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers applied filed their application on 27 February 2023. They represent about 95 workers employed with Lehigh Cement in Edmonton and Cadomin Quarry near Jasper, both of which are divisions of Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd.

There wasn’t much information in the application details, so I reached out to Kevin Sheptycki, an assistant business manager with Boilermakers, for details.

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The most recent collective agreement between these workers and their employer expired over 3 months ago, at the end of November. According to Sheptycki, the union has applied for a strike vote because negotiations on a new collective agreement have broken down.

The ALRB approved the strike vote request, and the vote will take place over two dats. The first vote will occur later today for workers in Cadomin and the second vote will take place on Monday (13th) in Edmonton.

Since the ALRB new application report is replaced each Monday, I’ve attached a copy below for anyone who’s interested in more information.

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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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