Alberta Diary: Who leaked the Alberta government’s response to AUPE’s Labour Board complaint, and why?

AUPE President Guy Smith in a characteristic pose. Who leaked the Alberta government’s response to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees’ unfair labour practices complaint to an Edmonton Journal political reporter, and why? This is an important question because at the time the leak took place, the government document questioning AUPE President Guy Smith’s personal ...

Alberta Diary: Negotiating with Alberta’s PC government? Better bring witnesses!

Wildcat strike scene, grabbed from AUPE’s website during the strike. Below: AUPE President Guy Smith, Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk. Advice to anyone who tries to negotiate a deal with Alison Redford, Thomas Lukaszuk or any member or official of their government: take witnesses with you, and make sure you also bring a tape recorder. You ...

Alberta Diary: All lawbreakers will be punished … unless they happen to be Alberta Conservatives

“’Ave you got a leesence for your minkey?” An investigator for Elections Alberta pauses momentarily in his probe of political donations made to the Progressive Conservative Party by seeing-eye monkeys. If you don’t get it, I can’t help you. Actual Elections Alberta investigators by now have likely been transferred back to plain clothes. Below: Justice ...

Alberta Diary: The government blinked: Defiant Alberta jail guards have every right to declare victory

The picket line during the five-day strike by Alberta Correctional Peace Officers, which ended last night. Below: Another scene from the strike; Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk; AUPE President Guy Smith. Even without last night’s deal with the Alberta government, Alberta’s defiant jail guards would have been entitled to declare a victory in their illegal five-day ...

Alberta Diary: This just in: Deal reached, victory and vindication for striking Alberta jail guards

Supporters and striking Alberta jail guards on the picket line yesterday. Illegally striking Alberta Union of Provincial Employees jail guards have reached an agreement with the government of Premier Alison Redford in “discussions” that Deputy Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said would never happen. AUPE announced five minutes ago that it had reached ago a deal with ...

Alberta Diary: Craziness in Alberta jails continues – and may get worse today

The scene on the darkened lane that runs past Edmonton’s giant new Remand Centre has resembled the set for an apocalyptic movie the past couple of nights, with striking jail guards’ huge-wheeled four-by-fours crowding the ditches, AUPE banners flapping in the dark and strikers gathered around burn barrels. With Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk at the ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-07-16 11:28:00

CANADIAN LABOUR: WILDCAT STRIKERS DEFY UNION AND COMPANY IN NEWFOUNDLAND:   Up to 1,000 workers have gathered near the road to Vale’s Long Harbour construction site in eastern Newfoundland this morning, as a wildcat labour dispute enters day five.Some employees have turned around, and many have joined in the protest, but there has also been ...