No evidence Kenney’s tax cut will create any jobs or stimulate Alberta economy

AFL does not endorse UCP tax plan for giveaways to profitable corporations

EDMONTON – The Alberta Federation of Labour disagrees that Kenney’s “trickle-down” economic tax cut for profitable corporations will create jobs or stimulate investment in Alberta.  Kenney announced in a news conference today that the UCP government will schedule a corporate tax cut effective July 1, 2019 and another January 1, 2020.

“Right-wingers have been saying for years that tax breaks for their wealthy friends will lead to higher investment, higher wages and higher growth,” said Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

“But this has literally never happened anywhere.  This approach has been called trickle-down economics.  But it should really be called snake-oil economics.  It’s a false cure that makes the patient sicker, not healthier.”

Corporations get to keep more money, but there’s no requirement that they spend it on investment or job creation, and the evidence from around the world shows they rarely do.

A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study found no evidence in data from 1961-2010 that lower taxes directly stimulate more investment.  Reducing corporate tax does less to stimulate the economy then pumping the amount of the tax reduction into the economy directly.

And calling this tax cut a “job creation” tax cut is also incorrect.

According to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics, eighty-four per cent of businesses said they didn’t accelerate hiring because of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which President Donald Trump hailed as “a bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs.”

If the government is really serious about balancing the budget by the end of its term, it makes no sense to be giving away billions in revenue to profitable corporations.  The move means that Albertans will be paying for the tax cuts in the form of big cuts to education, health care and other services.

The UCP budget plan outlined in their platform projects that Alberta will have a debt of $86 billion at the end of the UCP’s four-year term of office — only slightly less than what would have been the case if the Notley NDP had been re-elected.  The difference is that the NDP debt would have been used to finance education, health care, infrastructure and other programs and services designed to actually help people; whereas the UCP will be using debt to finance massive giveaways to profitable corporations.

The corporate tax announcement comes two days after the UCP quietly made it clear to public sector workers that it plans to use the power of the legislature to break contracts with and impose unilateral wage rollbacks: “If there was any doubt whose side Jason Kenney is on; it has now been removed.  He’s definitely working for someone, but it’s not ordinary working Albertans.  He’s delivering on the wish list of the wealthy business elites that helped pave his way to the Premier’s chair,” said McGowan.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Darrell Arch

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Darrell Arch passed away May 1, 2019. Brother Darrell had been a long time Member since February 1989.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 29 at 2:00pm at Derwent Hall

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Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Darrell’s Family and Friends.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Tom Rothgordt

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Tom Rothgordt passed away May 3, 2019. Brother Tom has been a long-time Member since March 17, 2006.

There will not be a service. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the Cross Cancer Institute.

Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Tom’s Family and Friends.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Roman Borejko.

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Roman Borejko passed away May 4, 2019. Brother Roman has been a long-time Member since December 27, 1952.

A service will be held at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Parish (11305-95a street) on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Roman’s Family and Friends.

Potential Members for the May 2019 General Membership Meeting

Name

Status

Recommendation

Meeting

Sabrina Tyson 1st Year Accept  A
Kenneth Miller 1st Year Accept  A
Wyatt Whiting Firestopper Accept  A
Angy Alexandra Callejes Puentes Helper Accept  A

Please take note of Local 110 Bylaws Section 19- all requirements of this section must be met before being issued membership in Local 110.

Section 19 – Membership

19.1        Any Member who applies to join Local 110, if accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), excepting that:

Those Members who lapse out of the union will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing. This amount must be paid in full prior to vote of acceptance by the general membership. A $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership will be paid at the time of New Member Orientation.

19.2        Any individual that makes application to Local 110 and is rejected by vote of the membership.

  • First rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum 3 calendar months.
  • Second rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 6 calendar months.
  • Third or more rejections they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 12 calendar months.

19.3        All new Members, including Members who are transferring their membership to Local 110, must complete New Member Orientation within 180 days from the date they were voted into Local 110 or their membership is void and they will have to reapply for membership.

19.4        New Member Orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and Fort McMurray once every two months.

19.5        Permit members and Travel Card Members requesting membership will not receive their union card and Local 110 will not accept a transfer card, until after the Member has taken the oath of membership referred to in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Constitution at New Member Orientation.

 

Job Action

Good day Union Family Members

Over the last few days I have been contacted by Members, Contractors, Clients and the GPMC regarding a possible walk off at maintenance sites in the Fort McMurray area.

I will start with, do NOT walk off the job, do NOT call in sick, do NOT take any job action. Our Local, the same as every other Construction Union, are bound through the Maintenance Agreements that are currently in place. Having a contract in place requires the Union Membership to continue to perform their duties as assigned no matter what the situation is with bargaining the Construction Collective Agreement. As such the position of Local 110 is that we do not support any illegal work stoppage or strike by any trade or union. The Membership of our Local are expected to continue to work on all construction and maintenance sites, where we have a legal and binding Collective Agreement in place.

Bargaining is not an easy task at the best of times, and this is far from the best of times. However even in an economic down turn there are opportunities. Years ago our Union made the choice to focus our agreements and membership on working in Heavy Industrial in Fort McMurray and Edmonton, outside of that we have almost no presence. With this slow down our Local has the opportunity to move into markets we have long given up to the Nonunion and CLAC. However to do that we need to hold onto our current projects or Local 110 will not have the resources to expand in our industry.

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Potential Members for the April 13, 2019 General Membership Meeting

NAME STATUS RECOMMENDATION RESULT
ABDELLA, Addil FS LV 2  A  A
BECK, Geoff FS YR 1 A  A
BURKE, Brian 1ST YR A  A
STANWAY, Mark 2ND YR A  A
CUNNINGTON, Jason FS JM A  A
GILLILAND, Mitchell FS JM  A  A
MIER, Russell FS JM A  A
SHEPPARD, David FS JM A  A
SITTER, Kelly FS JM A  A

Please take note of Local 110 Bylaws Section 19- all requirements of this section must be met before being issued membership in Local 110.

Section 19 – Membership

19.1        Any Member who applies to join Local 110, if accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), excepting that:

Those Members who lapse out of the union will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing. This amount must be paid in full prior to vote of acceptance by the general membership. A $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership will be paid at the time of New Member Orientation.

19.2        Any individual that makes application to Local 110 and is rejected by vote of the membership.

  • First rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum 3 calendar months.
  • Second rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 6 calendar months.
  • Third or more rejections they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 12 calendar months.

19.3        All new Members, including Members who are transferring their membership to Local 110, must complete New Member Orientation within 180 days from the date they were voted into Local 110 or their membership is void and they will have to reapply for membership.

19.4        New Member Orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and Fort McMurray once every two months.

19.5        Permit members and Travel Card Members requesting membership will not receive their union card and Local 110 will not accept a transfer card, until after the Member has taken the oath of membership referred to in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Constitution at New Member Orientation.

Potential Membership for the March 9, 2019 General Membership Meeting

NAME STATUS RECOMMENDATION RESULT
LAU, Gordon 1st Yr Accept  A
PALOMINO, Olga 3rd Yr Accept  A
WOELK, Jaden 1st Yr Accept  A
AMYOTTE, Ryan JM RSE Accept  A
HENSTRIDGE, Philip JM Accept  A

Please take note of Local 110 Bylaws Section 19- all requirements of this section must be met before being issued membership in Local 110.

Section 19 – Membership

19.1        Any Member who applies to join Local 110, if accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), excepting that:

Those Members who lapse out of the union will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing. This amount must be paid in full prior to vote of acceptance by the general membership. A $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership will be paid at the time of New Member Orientation.

19.2        Any individual that makes application to Local 110 and is rejected by vote of the membership.

  • First rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum 3 calendar months.
  • Second rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 6 calendar months.
  • Third or more rejections they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 12 calendar months.

19.3        All new Members, including Members who are transferring their membership to Local 110, must complete New Member Orientation within 180 days from the date they were voted into Local 110 or their membership is void and they will have to reapply for membership.

19.4        New Member Orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and Fort McMurray once every two months.

19.5        Permit members and Travel Card Members requesting membership will not receive their union card and Local 110 will not accept a transfer card, until after the Member has taken the oath of membership referred to in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Constitution at New Member Orientation.

ACTIMS Women in Trades Awards & Bursary Program 2019

Good morning,

Last year, ACTIMS held the fourth Women in Trades Awards & Bursary Program for members of the Building Trades who are working in the heavy industrial construction/maintenance industries in Canada.

From the dozens of applications received, we were able to recognize three (3) women from various Locals across the country who demonstrated excellence, integrity, and leadership in their respective trades at their workplace.

Once again, ACTIMS has commenced the program for 2019, and is hoping to attract even more participation in the upcoming year!

Attached is the information package that outlines the program in detail, and an application form, which interested candidates can complete and return with their pertinent documents, to the ACTIMS office. Applications can be submitted from now till April 30th.

We request that you distribute the attached package to all of your affiliates in order for the program to receive the maximum coverage within the building trades community.

A tripartite committee comprised of members of the ACTIMS Board of Directors will assess the applications during the month of May, and present their recommendations to the full Board for approval. Winners will be recognized at the ACTIMS Annual General meeting on July 3, 2019.

Please note that this information and the application form can also be downloaded from the ACTIMS website www.actims.ca

If you have any questions or require further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Karlee Ainslie
Senior Administrative Assistant