This week, Alberta premier Jason Kenney introduced Bill 2, an Act to Make Alberta Open for Business. This bill overall reduces labour costs for employers by reducing holiday and overtime pay, and introducing a youth minimum wage at 13$ which is lower than the $15 minimum wage introduced by the NDP. The bill also removes card check certification for union drives, and brings back the secret ballot vote, which reduces the number of successful union drives by allowing more time for employer intimidation. If passed, the bill will come into effect June 26.
We’ll hear from Daniel Huber, restaurant organizer with the Alberta Vanguard Association and FairServe.ca, on the impacts of this bill and fighting back will look like.
And Saskatchewan currently has the lowest minimum wage in the country at $11.06 per hour. In April, Fight for $15 organizer Saima Desai threw a block party to jokingly celebrate the province’s new status.