The Alberta party needs your help.
On Wednesday, November 29, 2013, the Alberta government tabled Bill 45, The Public Sector Services Continuation Act, and Bill 46, The Public Service Salary Restraint Act, legislation which will impose a wage settlement on the 22,000 member Alberta Union of Public Employees and impose steep fines and civil liabilities in the event that the union takes illegal strike action. A motion has also been tabled to have the bills fast-tracked and passed through the legislature within days.
We are deeply concerned about the following points with regard to this legislation:
- that it circumvents the democratic process by removing the rights of these many thousands of Albertans to negotiate,
- that it circumvents the democratic process by arbitrarily forcing the legislation through the legislature. (Closure was imposed on debate on these bills before they were even introduced removing any opportunity for Albertans to participate in any discussion of the bills), and
- the expressed concern of some officials that the bills may not actually be legal.
Our province needs its work force to be engaged, working hard and producing at its very best. Unfortunately, this top down imposition of terms has created further division between these many thousands of Albertans and their government. It is important to note that there are some 250,000 unionized workers in Alberta, and that although these bills target the AUPE, they will set precedents against Alberta workers in all trades and professions.
There is a time factor as these bills will be through 2nd reading probably Tuesday night, and 3rd reading immediately after. Our government wants them passed before the end of next week.
The Alberta Party is adamant that the government’s role is to collaborate with all stakeholders in the best interests of all Albertans, finding reasonable solutions to the issues facing us today, and in the future. We call on our leaders to put Albertans first and work to achieve resolutions that are acceptable to all concerned through open, honest communication conducted in a timely manner not through hasty, arbitrary and undemocratic actions such as Bills 45 and 46.
If you agree, we are asking you to write to your MLA and ask them to vote against this repressive legislation.
The Alberta Party encourages your participation in the democratic process and in the management of your province by sharing your voice on this issue.
The following is a sample letter that you can customize and send.
You can find the name and address of your MLA here.
Thank you for your consideration,
December ___, 2013
Dear (MLA name),
I am writing to ask you to vote against Bill 45, The Public Sector Services Continuation Act, and Bill 46, The Public Service Salary Restraint Act.
As a citizen, I very much appreciate your work on behalf of all Albertans and I am asking you today stand up for Albertans and oppose the arbitrary and undemocratic way these bills are being forced through. With this legislation, government has created an even more adversarial relationship with public sector workers, and that is not good for our province. The autocratic and repressive way that this is taking place does not represent the values of the people of Alberta and although they target the public sector unions, the bills will set precedents against Alberta workers in all trades and professions.
Our government’s role is to collaborate with all stakeholders and put the best interests of ALL Albertans first. I believe in the process of democracy which allows for all people to have a voice in the process of government.
Please let me know that you will fight for that right and vote against bills 45 and 46.