HR Series: Update on Human Rights

Calgary: April 24

Edmonton: April 25

Enjoy a continental breakfast, 45 minute presentation, and post presentation networking session. The series will occur monthly from December to June, with a new topic each time. This month's topic: Human Rights Update Get updated on the latest human rights decisions and how they affect the way you conduct business. Actual cases will be discussed along with practical tips for putting lessons learned into practice.

Topics will include:

  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Duty to accommodate
  • Increases in damage awards
  • Age discrimination
  • Family status discrimination

Register HERE.  

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.

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.