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June 22, 2016
Well, the legislature has adjourned for the summer, meaning the MLAs are working from their constituency offices for the next four months or so. This presents a great opportunity for all of us. The job of the MLA is to listen to their constituents and to take action based on what they hear. Now is the time for us all to ensure that they hear our message!
On our website, we have some resources to help you get involved and take part in helping to direct the course of action that our provincial government will take. The most important resource for you that we can offer is our Policies and Positions book (available to view or download here) which outlines the point of view that the Building Trades of Alberta takes on a variety of issues which affect our current and future members. Take a moment to review it and familiarize yourself with it. We will be sending this same book to every MLA to ensure that they have easy access to our perspective as well.
Here is the part where you come in: connect with your MLA and talk with them about something in the book that really matters to you. If you aren’t sure who your MLA is, click here and find your riding. The more BTA members do this, the stronger our voice will be.
Getting involved, demonstrating leadership and modeling strong union membership is what will help ensure our success into the future. Showing the younger members what it means to be an engaged, positive force in your Local is how you can help make sure that your Local will continue to thrive once you are off the tools and hanging around swapping stories about how tough it was when you came up.
As the saying goes, Unions are like gyms, it’s not enough to have a membership. If you want to see real results, you have to put in some effort.
Let us know how you are getting involved and leading the way at firstname.lastname@example.org.