Press Release

Friday, March 3, 2017 

Coalition of coal workers unveils transition plan

Report examines how Alberta can be a leader in phase out of emissions from coal-fired electricity

Edmonton – A coalition of workers who will be affected by Alberta’s plan to phase-out coal fired electricity generation have unveiled a made-in-Alberta blueprint for a transition plan that puts a focus on jobs, workers and their communities.

The report “Getting It Right: A Just Transition For Alberta’s Coal Workers” examines the successes and failures of other transitions from around the world and concludes by recommending that the government should establish an independent Alberta Economic Adjustment Agency to manage the transition.

“The workers who have dedicated their careers to keeping the lights on need to be supported as they face the closure of coal-fired electrical plants and associated mines,” Coal Transition Coalition chair and Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan said. “This government is a global leader and innovator in climate change policies – They can also be leaders in creating a path forward for workers in industries affected by these policies.”

The report argues that a transition can only be successful if it is based on input from the people and communities that are facing the biggest changes and that a just transition must include: support for communities; planned transitions to work and to retirement; protecting workers’ pensions; bringing employers to the table; education, training and career counseling; and the involvement of workers and their representatives.

“The phase-out of emissions from coal-fired electricity generation is taking place over a long period of time – which is an opportunity for the province to do this the right way. But Alberta needs to get started on this now,” McGowan said. “Some of the most effective strategies need long-term thinking and careful planning – we are in a unique position to get this right, and to show the rest of the world how a just transition can be achieved.”

The report – as well as supplementary information – is online at The coalition will be sending copies of the report to the Advisory Panel on Coal Communities, to MLAs, and organizing meetings between workers from the coal industry and elected officials.

Media Contact:
Olav Rokne, Communications Director, Alberta Federation of Labour at 780-218-4351 (cell) or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thank you to everyone who submitted their names and essays for the 2016/2017 IBEW First District Scholarships Award; we received entries this year from 201 applicants.

A random draw was made this morning at the First District Office, and it is my pleasure to announce the following winners:

Brad Bordage – Local Union 37, Fredericton, NB

Emma Landriault– Local Union 636, Mississauga, ON

Rebecca Edwards – Local Union 2351, Churchill Falls, NL

Reeve Matias – Local Union 993, Kamloops, BC

Paolo Labrador – Local Union 213, Vancouver, BC

Congratulations to these five applicants!!!

We, at the First District Office, and the other sponsors (TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, MWG Appareland AIL) wish these dedicated young people a successful year in their continued education.

In solidarity,

Bill Daniels

International Vice President

Important changes to Provincial Drivers’ Licence renewals for all City of Calgary employees 

Did yourenew?

As a City of Calgary employee, are you required to have a driver’s licence? Could it have expired?

Whether or not your job includes driving a City vehicle or operating City equipment, your provincial driver’s licence may have expired without your knowledge. As of April 2016, the Alberta government stopped mailing reminders to citizens to renew their driver’s licences and vehicle registrations.

You are individually responsible to renew your driver's licence before it expires. There are risks and serious consequences if you are operating a City vehicle without having a valid licence.

How to know when your driver’s licence is up for renewal:

    1. Check the expiry date on your driver’s license. Driver’s licences are valid for 1 to 5 years depending on your class of licence, medical status and age.


  1. Sign up for driver’s licence remindersby email or text message:
    • The Alberta Government offersremindersfor both drivers’ licences and vehicle registrations.
    • Alberta Registry Association offerse-registryfor registration reminders.

IMPORTANT: For your protection, when you sign up for email and text reminders, please use your personal email and phone number to ensure you always get the message. 

  1. Alternatively, you canset recurring calendar remindersso you know when you need to visit a registry office. Make sure you use personal calendars in case your role at The City changes.

Learn more about driver's licence and vehicle renewals


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Happy Thanksgiving  


Date: Saturaday June 11, 2016

Time: 13:00

Location: Union Headquarters, 3615 - 29 Street N.E.