Alberta Budget Builds Confidence with Contractors Association
Government commits funding to education, training and infrastructure for a sustainable and successful future for Albertans.
With today’s release of the Alberta budget, the Government has indicated their commitment to a publicly funded apprenticeship system. Merit Contractors Association, Alberta’s largest open shop construction association, applauds the government’s decision to dedicate resources and funding towards educating our current and future workforce.
Read more HERE.
Calling All Service Technicians!
Proactive Service Workshop for Service Technicians
Edmonton: April 2nd, 2014
Calgary: April 3rd, 2014
The Proactive Service Workshop is designed to help field service technicians identify and close more business opportunities by building and leveraging stronger, more durable business relationships. Focus will be given to how each customer interaction communicates those opportunities and how recommending services to the customer to help them run their facilities more effectively is a valuable service, not a sale.
Who should attend?
- Employees new to field/customer service
- Experienced Technicians to fine tune their skills
- Service Managers and Supervisors
- Salespeople who work closely with field service personnel
- Dispatchers and other service support staff
Construction Contract Law
The Construction Law course is designed for construction owners, managers, estimators and supervisors to develop an understanding of contract law as it relates to construction. Build practical skills and learn how to effectively and proactively deal with conflict situations and avoid litigation. The course will also review other construction related law such as the builder’s liens, collecting debts, bonding, insurance, environmental law and safety law.
Click HERE for more information and registration.
Project Planning and Cost Control
This three day course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the process of planning a project from the beginning to end, utilizing ways and means of monitoring, saving, and controlling costs.
Available in Edmonton and Calgary.
Alberta's Labour Situation
Recently the Journal of Commerce traveled to Edmonton and met with Stephen Kushner, the president of Merit Contractors Association. Kushner addressed the current labour situation in Alberta, which he said has been fairly stable despite fluctuating demand for skilled workers for the oilsands and other large projects.
Watch Video HERE.
NEW Benefit Plan Video
Merit Canada and ABC Support Merit Shop Philosophy
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Merit Canada Feb. 13 signed a joint resolution outlining their partnership agreement and commitment to free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy, under which construction contracts are awarded to construction companies based on merit.
Read more HERE.
Merit Calls on Federal and Provincial Governments to Act on Labour Issues
Canada’s largest organization of open shop construction contractors - says the results of today’s Leger survey of Canadian workers and their attitudes on financial disclosure, use of union dues, restrictive tendering and workplace democracy reaffirm the need for federal and provincial legislators to take action on these issues.
To read the Leger survey released today, click here.
To read the Leger survey 'Albertan's Views on Union Disclosure', click here.
Unifor: Canada's new political party - er, union
"The merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers has created Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest union, though one could be forgiven for mistakenly assuming this new entity is actually a political party. Consider, for example, that one of the first acts of the new union’s president was to endorse New Democrat Olivia Chow for Mayor of Toronto — an interesting move since she has not declared her candidacy and the field of potential challengers is not set.
Read the entire Op-Ed piece by Terrance Oakey HERE.