Union cracks down on workers with bad habits

International Boilermakers Union in Alberta adopts zero tolerance policy for poor worker behaviour
By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2003

Union members who were shutting down work sites illegally, sleeping on the job and being disrespectful were giving the International Boilermakers Union in Alberta a bad name. The situation got worse, last fall, when members were banned from one worksite, and other major companies such as Suncor and Syncrude warned the union they would do the same.

But, in an unusual turn of events, union leadership got tough and decided to adopt a zero tolerance policy for poor worker behaviour. After receiving a number of letters from disgruntled employers about Lodge 146 in Fort McMurray, the union’s international vice-president, Richard Albright, took matters into his own hands.

“A majority of Lodge 146 boilermakers are honest, hard-working, skilled trades people,” Albright wrote in a letter to the union, obtained by the