Fast-growing union defends pro-employer reputation

Traditional trade unions accuse the Christian Labour Alliance of Canada of negotiating contracts that put employers before workers
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/27/2005

Threatened by the pace of growth enjoyed by an employer-friendly union, particularly in Alberta’s booming construction industry, a number of traditional unions have stepped up criticism of the Christian Labour Alliance of Canada (CLAC).

“CLAC is either wittingly or unwittingly being used as a tool by employers to push more traditional unions out of the picture,” said Gill McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

In recent months traditional trade unions have grown very vocal in accusing CLAC of signing sweetheart deals that benefit employers, not workers, and of raiding other unions for members. They have held three anti-CLAC rallies in Fort McMurray, Alta., since April.