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Roadbuilding workers file for unionization

If successful, this would affect 7 workers based out of Calgary.

Last week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their final New Applications Report for September 2023. In it was a new application for union certification in Alberta.

The application was filed on 20 September 2023 by Local 92 of the Construction and General Workers’ Union, also known as the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

This union is applying on behalf of workers employed by Standard General Inc.

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Based out of Calgary but with operations in the Edmonton area as well, Standard General provides road construction services and material supply, including deep utilities, road building, concrete construction, and asphalt manufacturing.

Standard General is owned by Toronto-based Colas Canada.

If approved, this certification would apply to about 7 roadbuilding and heavy construction labourers of of Standard General’s sewer and water division.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application for 4 October 2023. The employer will have an opportunity then to present arguments for why certification shouldn’t occur at that location.

If everything goes through, the next step will be to negotiate a first contract.

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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