Fort McMurray arena workers try to unionize

The 5 workers are employed by the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey (1981) Association.

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 15 March 2023 by Local 92 of the Construction and General Workers’ Union.

This union is applying on behalf of all workers—other than office, clerical, and food service workers—who service, maintain, and upkeep the Frank Lacroix Arena in Fort McMurray.

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According to the application, if the union certification is approved, it would apply to 5 workers employed by the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey (1981) Association, which oversees the operation of the arena.

Last summer, Local 92 also tried to organize arena attendants working for the Northern Alberta Athletic Association

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application to occur on 29 March 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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