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Bill 26 strips farm workers' basic employment rights

Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson analyzes the UCP's Bill 26, which repeals many of the gains Alberta farm workers gained with 2015’s Bill 6, adds new exclusions, and strips agricultural workers of many basic employment rights. 

What you need to know about Alberta Budget 2019

The UCP government tabled its first budget on October 24—an austerity budget with cuts not seen in a generation. Parkland Institute research managers Alison McIntosh and Ian Hussey outline some key takeaways and impacts from the budget.

Has ATB listened?

A year after the release of Alberta’s Public Bank: How ATB Can Help Shape the New Economy, the report's co-author Bob Ascah takes stock of the progress ATB has made in improving the transparency of its public reports.

Rethinking Alberta’s essential services legislation

As we head into the 2019 Labour Day long weekend, Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson looks at Alberta's essential services legislation and the likely impact of changes the UCP has promised.

Bill 2 grinds wages, complicates payroll, and impedes union drives

Despite the stated benefits of the UCP government's new labour legislation, Bill 2 will reduce workers' income, make payroll administration more complex for employers, and impede workers seeking to join a union.

Alberta's 'blue-ribbon panel' - the sound of one hand clapping

The newly elected UCP government has announced a "blue-ribbon panel" to examine Alberta's finances, but the panel’s mandate has already tied one hand—the revenue hand—behind its back.

Planks in the platforms

Where the major parties stand on 11 key policy issues

Heading into the final weekend of the 2019 Alberta election campaign, Parkland Institute research managers Alison McIntosh and Ian Hussey compare the platforms of the three major parties on 11 key policy areas.

Path to balance or road to perdition?

The “path to balance” has become a major platform plank for all parties in this election. Parkland Institute Executive Director Ricardo Acuña looks at the key differences and potential impacts of the path to balance proposals, and assesses their credibility and feasibility.

UCP platform will drive down wages

Athabasca University labour professor Bob Barnetson breaks down exactly what the UCP platform planks on employment, labour, and training would mean for workers in Alberta.

Fact-checking Jason Kenney’s wait-list strategy

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has presented his plans for dealing with wait times for surgery in Alberta, including allowing private clinics to bid for publicly-funded procedures. Ricardo Acuña looks at the evidence and history to show that we've already been there and done that.

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