Things CLAC Members Can Do
There are many CLAC members who aren't happy with the job CLAC is doing for them. The good news is that there are things you can do about it.
Get a union!
If you want a union that will stand up for you at work, there are many different unions in Alberta who can represent you. So, get a union!
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Keep in mind that workers who are granted non-member status cannot participate in CLAC affairs and have no voting rights. However, CLAC still has the duty of fair representation to you as a member of the bargaining unit.
Talk to your local shop steward (if you have one, and you know who it is!) or contact one of the CLAC offices in Alberta.
Telephone: 403-686-0288 or 1-866-686-0288
Randy Klassen, Regional Director
Telephone: 780-454-6181 or 1-877-863-5154
Ryan Timmermans, Regional Director
Talk to co-workers
Unfortunately, many workers who are covered by a CLAC contract aren't aware of what kind of association CLAC really is. Many "members" may never have even talked to someone representing CLAC.
So, it's important that workers who know talk to their co-workers about the real nature of CLAC, because that's the first step in doing something about it - whether that means making sure your money isn't going to CLAC or getting together with other workers to get a real union.
Talk to your co-workers. Let them know your concerns about CLAC.
Find out what CLAC is up to: attend meetings
CLAC often gets away with activities that aren't in the best interest of the people it's supposed to represent because nobody knows what they're doing.
Find out what CLAC is doing in your name. Contact your shop steward or call the CLAC offices in Alberta to find out when the next local meeting is. Ask questions and challenge them on their positions and make sure that they're doing what they're meant to be doing - looking out for your interests, not your employer's.
Duty of Fair Representation
Every union, and even CLAC, has a legal responsibility to fairly represent all members of the bargaining unit on matters in the collective agreement. This is what is called the duty of fair representation.
The Alberta Labour Relations Board explains it like this:
When a union is certified, or is voluntarily recognized by the employer, it becomes the exclusive bargaining agent for all employees in a bargaining unit. The union then negotiates and enforces a collective agreement. If a union believes the employer is violating the collective agreement, it enforces the agreement by filing a grievance. Unions have a large amount of discretion when they deal with grievances. For example, unions may settle or drop grievances even if the affected employee disagrees. To counterbalance this power, the Labour Relations Code requires unions to fairly represent all members of the bargaining unit on matters in the collective agreement. This duty of fair representation requires unions act in good faith. Unions may not act arbitrarily or discriminatorily when processing grievances. Employees or former employees may complain to the Labour Relations Board if they believe a union has not fairly represented them.
If you feel that you have not been fairly represented by CLAC, there are steps you can take to make CLAC do the job they're meant to do. In Alberta, the complaint must be filed within 90 days of the incident involved.
Click here for more information about the Duty for Fair Representation.
Alberta Federation of Labour