Merit Contractors Association

Merit Contractors Association

August 29, 2014 11:00 ET

Albertans Still Support Union Fiscal Transparency

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2014) - On the eve of the Labour Day holiday weekend, Merit Contractors Association is sharing survey results of Albertans reflecting their opinions and attitudes toward unions. The survey and analysis was conducted by Innovative Research Group in April of this year.

"With another potential construction boom in Alberta and the need for increased competitiveness and productivity, we wanted to see what Albertans thought about union impact on the current labour environment, including their role, union dues, union fiscal transparency and industrial construction work" says Stephen Kushner, President of Merit Contractors Association. Kushner continues, "The Alberta results are consistent with previous surveys conducted in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014."

The survey confirms that there remains strong support to increase the transparency of union financial disclosure with almost 7 of 10 Albertans agreeing that unions should publicly disclose financial information and over 8 in 10 wanting unions to disclose the money they spend on political parties, advocacy groups and charities.

Since the last polling in 2012, the percentage of Albertans has stayed consistent with 7 of 10 stating that employees should be able to opt-out of supporting activities unrelated to collective bargaining and grievance administration, like contributing to political parties and social causes unrelated to their workplaces. The results from the respondents are consistent, regardless of which competing provincial political party they support or whether they are affiliated with a union.

Canada lags behind the rest of the developed world in labour policy. With such a broad based support, political leadership should quickly move to address the imbalance with countries like the US, Australia, the UK and the European Union, to ensure that Alberta remains competitive in the world economy.

According to Kushner, "Albertans have a strong desire for labour reform on union fiscal transparency, worker choice and a fair and equitable labour market. There are few public policy issues that enjoy such consistent and substantial support, time after time. Politicians need to stand up and take notice, then take action."

About Merit Contractors Association

With over 1,300 member companies employing more than 40,000 Albertans, the Merit Contractors Association is the voice of open shop construction in Alberta and provides human resource solutions through employee benefits, training, and retirement and recruitment programs.

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