Alberta’s new labour laws spawn legal challenge

Bills increase public sector wildcat strike penalties, eliminate binding arbitration
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

Key labour players across Canada have their eyes glued to Wild Rose Country, where Alberta has passed controversial legislation that strips government employees of critical bargaining rights.

Two new laws, passed late last year, have sparked an uproar in labour circles.

Under Bill 45, the Public Sector Services Continuation Act, unions that engage in wildcat strikes could be fined up to $1 million per day.