Fort Sask. boilermakers apply for union certification

The 6 workers are employed in Fort Saskatchewan.

Last week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released the first new applications report of November 2023, and in it was a new application for unionization.

The application was submitted on 2 November 2022 by Lodge 146 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, otherwise known as The Boilermakers. They’re applying for union certification for a group of 6 workers employed by Automated Fusion Inc.

Automated Fusion is a orbital welding firm based out of Fort Saskatchewan. They specialize in orbital welding services, especially tube and pipe orbital welding, to such industries as power generation, petrochemicals, oil and gas, and agrochemical.

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The union is certifying for all the maintenance boilermakers employed by Automated Fusion.

According to their current articles of agreement, this Boilermakers lodge already represents the “production Employees in the performance of all fabrication and repair work in the Employer’s shop location”.

The Alberta Labour Relations Board has scheduled a hearing for this application to take place on 17 November. The employer will have a chance then to oppose the certification.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports on their website, 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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