The Alberta Regional Council
of Carpenters and Allied Workers

We’re Political!

We’re Political!

The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters is deeply involved in representing our Members’ viewpoints in many kinds of issues that directly affect the construction industry and organized labour.

We also represent our Members on issues that more broadly affect our Members as citizens of their communities, their province and their nation.

As a union, we do not take positions on issues that are aligned toward the policies of any one political party. Rather, we analyze the policies of all parties and then take positions on the basis of the general ‘good’ of our Members and their families.

Our belief is that, as good citizens, unions and their members must continuously agitate peacefully on a variety of important issues. Only in that way can we affect positive change.

Within the union and construction industry world, you’ll find us making representations on aspects of:

  • Labour legislation
  • Workplace safety regulations
  • Apprenticeship
  • Workplace and employment standards
  • Foreign worker regulations
  • Multi-employer pension plan regulation

More broadly, we often express our opinions on issues that include:

  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Human rights legislation
  • Fair wage policies for all levels of government
  • Health care
  • Education

One major issue on our agenda these days...

...is the need for bitumen that is mined in Alberta to be processed here.

We strongly believe that as much of the benefit from the oil sands resources that are owned all Albertans should be enjoyed by Albertans before the resource is shipped off to market.

There are thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in expenditure and, over time, more billions in tax revenues involved in the upgraders that turn bitumen into the higher quality petroleum products that buyers want.

We are not happy that so much of the investment in upgrading of Alberta's oil sands bitumen is being spent in the United States and elsewhere in Canada, rather than here at home.

The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers is partnering with other construction unions, Building Trades of Alberta and the Alberta Industrial Heartland in an effort to promote the concept that we should Refine it Where We Mine It.