Dear Friends: As Albertans and Canadians we have developed a society that has deeply held beliefs in the importance of caring for others and cooperating to improve our lives. One way we express these values is by building institutions that can help us achieve these goals. Institutions such as Medicare, the CBC, unions and our system of public education, to name just a few, are a part of our history and culture. How then do we ensure young people today and tomorrow learn about OUR history, culture and values? Read more
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember the 14 women killed in the Polytechnique massacre, so that we continue to fight for a world without violence against women. Read more
WHAT IS HAPPENING? The new Government of Alberta – following through on an election promise – has appointed a Royalty Review Panel to ensure Albertans get a fair price for their resources. As part of the review process the panel is encouraging Albertans to visit letstalkroyalties.ca where they can answer questions, submit comments, and engage with the panel. Working people have an enormous stake in these discussions. This is our opportunity to encourage the government to negotiate on our behalf to get the best possible framework for Albertans. We may never have another chance again, as panel chair Dave Mowat is on record saying that “we might never have another royalty review again.” Read more
Riding-by-riding poll conducted by major national polling firm paints grim picture for majority of Edmontonians who want a change of government Read more
The Overview It is clear Alberta is facing a challenging fiscal landscape. But the problem has much more to do with revenue than spending. Past Progressive Conservative governments have been entirely unwilling to examine the revenue side of the ledger, which always put public service cuts squarely at the centre of the agenda. Alberta has had a long history of justifying cuts to public services. Whether it is zero-based budgeting initiatives or discussions about “trimming non-essential services,” the narrative has not been whether we will cut, but how much? The new Government of Alberta has a critical task ahead as it attempts to turn the page on decades of austerity. Since being elected four months ago, it has made considerable progress in raising new revenues needed to support public programs and services. However, given Alberta’s continued reliance on high commodity prices, much remains to be done as Minister Ceci now anticipates a record budget deficit of at least $5.9 billion. By eroding tax fairness, past governments have placed the new government in an extremely difficult position as it asserts the need to maintain public services and staff levels, while addressing serious revenue shortfalls. Read more
Farm Workers Day 2015 - yet another year farm workers denied basic workers’ rights It’s time for government to act. Read more
Far from being “unsustainable,” Alberta’s largest pension plan is very healthy – and getting healthier Read more
21st Annual Kids’ Camp “Environment” When: August 10 – 14, 2015 Where: Goldeye Centre near Nordegg on Goldeye Lake Ages: 8 to 15 years Registration has closed for the AFL Kids’ Camp, August 10 - 14, 2015. To all who have registered this year, please find camp information and forms packages that we require you to complete below by July 13th. Fax to 780-484-5928, scan and e-mail to email@example.com or enclose in the self-addressed envelope mailed to you. DEADLINE to submit forms to the AFL is Monday, July 13, 2015. If forms are not received, campers will not be able to board the buses. CAMPER FORMS – DUE BY JULY 13, 2015 Letter to Parents of Campers Personal Health Information Form & Camper Agreement RETURN TO AFL Parent/Guardian Authorization Form RETURN TO AFL AFL Image Release Form RETURN TO AFL AFL Waiver and Release Form RETURN TO AFL Transportation Form (bus information) RETURN TO AFL Centre for Outdoor Education (COE) Waiver Form RETURN TO AFL Goldeye - KODA Informed Consent Form RETURN TO AFL Goldeye - KODA Voluntary Release & Photo Release Form RETURN TO AFL Kids’ Camp Rules Information about the AFL Kids’ Camp What to Pack for the AFL Kids’ Camp Directions to Camp Goldeye Goldeye Centre Map LEADER, JUNIOR COUNSELLORS, NURSES FORMS – DUE BY JULY 13, 2015 Letter to Leaders, Parents of Junior Counsellors, Nurses Personal Health Information Form (Leaders/Junior Counsellors) RETURN TO AFL AFL Waiver and Release Form RETURN TO AFL Centre for Outdoor Education (COE) Waiver Form RETURN TO AFL Goldeye - KODA Informed Consent Form RETURN TO AFL Goldeye - KODA Voluntary Release & Photo Release Form RETURN TO AFL Parent/Guardian Authorization Form (Junior Counsellors only) RETURN TO AFL AFL Image Release Form (Junior Counsellors) RETURN TO AFL AFL Image Release Form (Leaders) RETURN TO AFL Transportation Form (bus information) RETURN TO AFL Criminal Record Check - Letters (complete if over the age of 18) RETURN TO AFL Information about the AFL Kids’ Camp What to Pack for the AFL Kids’ Camp Kids’ Camp Rules Advice for Leaders and Junior Counsellors Directions to Camp Goldeye Goldeye Centre Map The AFL Kids’ Camp is a 5-day residential program that combines summer activities with educational activities. The camp is open to children of trade unionists belonging to unions affiliated to the Alberta Federation of Labour. Learning is combined with recreational activities such as canoeing, wall climbing, hiking, rappelling, group challenges, crafts and swimming.