What does it mean for you?
A 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling has made it legal for the majority of Alberta's public sector workers to go on strike. The court ruled that a ban on public sector strikes was unconstitutional and that the right to strike is an important part of ftrr and fair collective bargaining because it levels the playing field by putting power back in workers' hands.
Does this mean I'm going on strike?
No, but id does mean we have the legal right to go on strike. The court ruling also lets employers lock out workers in case bargaining breaks down. Strikes or lockouts are usually a last resort.
Saying goodbye to compulsory arbitration.
In the past, if negotiations between the employer and union broke down and mediation didn't work either, compulsory arbitration was the next option. Compulsory arbitration happens when a neutral person not connected with the employer or union sets the agreement (including wage increases), but that is not possible anymore. Disputes will have to be settled either at the table, through mediation or by a strike or lockout.
With a new labour framework in Alberta comes a renewed emphasis on solidarity. Keeping a strong resolve during bargaining shows the employer we are united and recognize the importance and value of our work.