About

Unions working together to make Alberta a better place

The Alberta Federation of Labour is a voluntary association of unions and employee organizations that have banded together to achieve common goals.

Since 1912, when unionized miners and tradespeople from southern Alberta first agreed to work together under the umbrella of a labour central, the Federation has fought hard to improve conditions for working people, their families and their communities.

Among the Federation’s earliest priorities were ending child labour and establishing occupational health and safety regulations — especially in Alberta’s coal fields which, at the time, had the highest workplace mortality rates in the world.

In its early years, the AFL was also active in the struggle for a minimum wage and the reduction of work time to a standard 40-hour week.

Today, the Federation continues its tradition of speaking out on the issues that matter most to working people. Often these issues relate directly to the workplace. But the AFL is also active on a wide range of broader social issues — like the need for public education and public health care.