New union dues opt-in provisions enacted as part of Bill 32 — the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act — took effect in August 2022 and will cost community organizations millions in lost donations.
These opt-in provisions require union members to annually agree to pay the portion of union dues used for non-core activities. Non-core activities include routine union donations to charities, non-profit organizations, and other community groups to support their activities.
Parkland Institute conducted a survey of Alberta unions where we asked how the new Bill 32 opt-in rules will affect their financial support for different types of community organizations. This report presents the findings of the survey.
Co-author David Simpson is a psychology PhD student at the University of Alberta, and a research assistant in the Nash Social Neuroscience Lab.