Letter to the Edmonton Metro News Editor Re: Labour federation calling for law changes after Aramark's letter to employees
Edmonton—On October 26, 2016, the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) denounced a September 22 letter sent by Aramark to its employees at Rogers Place in Edmonton regarding union organizing. The AFL stated that, “workers should be free to form a union without facing reprisals, coercion, or undue influence from their employers."
CLAC agrees with this statement, and supports the rights of workers to freely choose their union. In Canada we live in a free and democratic society and that includes the ability to form a union of the employees’ choice.
Union representation, when practiced well, ensures the protection of individual workers without compromising the long term interests of the work community. The employees of Aramark at Rogers Place have the right to fair and robust union representation that looks out for their interests so that they do not have to struggle alone. This representation must be positive and encouraging so that workers at the new home of the Oilers get off to a great start.
CLAC has a history of that kind of representation at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Dennis Perrin, CLAC Alberta Provincial Director