No one is buying your B.S., Bateson. Bill 32 is a law written by unscrupulous politicians for unscrupulous employers. It’s about suppressing wages; reducing worker bargaining power; and silencing worker voices. The UCP is a corrupt stain on our province. #FiretheUCP #abpoli

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9 Dec 20
The UCP has made sweeping changes to the workplace Health & Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. As a result of Bill 47, Albertans are more likely to be injured or killed on the job. And if they’re injured, they’re less likely to get the support they need.#AbLeg #abpoli
Bill 47 was rammed through this morning. Some of the horrible changes it makes to WCB include:
*removes requirement for employers to hire back injured workers
*removes obligation of employers to continue paying benefits to injured workers
*removes PTSD coverage for most workers
It also makes changes to the OHS Act, including the following:
*It severely limits the right to know about hazards on your worksite
*It undermines workplace safety committees and the right for workers to participate in safety decisions
*It guts the right to refuse unsafe work.
Read 5 tweets
28 Nov 20
More than $300 million in federal wage top-ups that should have been paid out to lower-wage frontline workers in Alberta months ago is still being held up by UCP foot-dragging and political manoeuvring. Shameful! #AbLeg #abpoli #COVID19AB #cdnpoli #canlab…
Don’t let the Kenney government tell you they’re ‘still negotiating with the feds.’ No other province is having any problems. The UCP here in Alberta are the ones who are holding things up by not kicking in their share.
Here is the document that the federal NDP obtained in response to the inquiry to Parliament they submitted on behalf of the AFL. It shows that most or all of the available money has already flowed to front line workers in other provinces. In Alberta? Only 3.5 percent!
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26 Nov 20
BREAKING: How many times have we heard the UCP accuse its critics of not respecting or listening to Hinshaw? As it turns out, it’s the UCP itself who hasn’t been respecting or listening to her. Bombshell report on secret recordings. #COVIDAB #AbLeg #abpoli…
In early June, against Hinshaw’s advice, the government shifted away from orders to “education.” 'We need to be leading Albertans where they want to go, not forcing them where they don't want to go,’ was the way Hinshaw characterized the UCP’s position.
While other provinces were cracking down on businesses and individuals who violated COVID guidance, the UCP refused to support consequences for offenders. “They don’t want us to enforce anything.”
Read 6 tweets
15 Nov 20
As Alberta blows past 1000 COVID-19 cases a day, Jason Kenney needs to stop behaving like a Republican Governor. If he doesn’t, we’ll look like Republican states, with overwhelmed hospitals and refrigerator trucks outside to store the dead. #COVID19AB #AbLeg #abpoli #cdnpoli
Albertans will pay a steep price as Kenney continues to follow Trump’s playbook on COVID, says AFL president in urgent speech posted to You Tube. Alberta’s largest worker organization supports call for “circuit-breaker” lockdown. #AbLeg #abpoli #canlab…
Excerpts from the speech: "Premier Kenney said he would act when faced with a catastrophe. Well, a catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes. But instead of action, all we get is Republican-inspired talking points and half measures."
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14 Nov 20
When chief medical officers of health like ⁦@CMOH_Alberta⁩ defer to politicians like Jason Kenney and fail to use their legal powers to save lives ... it’s like a firefighter refusing to order people out of a burning building. Ouch. #AbLeg #abpoli…
“Every province in Canada equips their medical officers of health with the power to make systemic orders.”
“...most medical officers of health are only rarely using their powers in the second wave, or worse, they are doing so only with the consent of politicians.”
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14 Nov 20
Charles Koch is the billionaire who bankrolled a successful 40-year campaign to poison the minds of Americans and plant the seeds of corporate authoritarianism. Now he wants to “build bridges” with progressives. Don’t fall for it! #USAelection2020…
Remember the parable of the Scorpion and the Frog. Koch will betray any progressive that is gullible enough to work with him “because it is in his nature.” ……
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