What is UPS trying to do?

Should your employer choose your union? I think the answer to that question is clear to everyone, NO! Should a union sign a back room deal with your Employer setting out your wages, benefits, and working conditions without any input from the workers? Once again the answer is NO!

But that is exactly what United Protection Services (UPS) is trying to do to its workers in the Alberta Oil Sands. The Alberta Labour Relations Board certified UFCW Local 401 as the union for UPS’s sub-contractor United First Nations Corp. (UFNC) back in February of this year. Since then, UFNC has gone out of business and UPS has taken over its business and operations. When UPS took over the UFNC contract, business, and operations, they took the UFCW Local 401 unionized members with them. These members transfer their union rights through the process of “successorship” outlined in Division 7, Section 49 of the Alberta Labour Relations Code.

So the question I think you need to ask is, why would an employer try to choose a Union for their employees? Based on how UPS has approached this situation their motives are clear to Local 401. UPS approached Local 401 and wanted to enter into discussions about what would be included in the Union Contract without forming a negotiating committee from the membership and without input from the membership; UFCW Local 401 President Douglas O’Halloran told them no.  So what did UPS do when they couldn’t get UFCW Local 401 to negotiate a back room deal without their employees’ participation; they went out and found a union that would. The “Specialty and Temporary Employees Union” is UPS’s union of choice. 

The “Specialty and Temporary Employees Union” is a company driven union. April Stone, UPS General Manager, has threatened to discipline UPS security guards who will not sign a union membership cards for this company endorsed union. However, this company union will not affect your membership in UFCW Local 401. If April Stone or any of the other UPS management pressures you or any security guard into signing a union membership card for the “Specialty and Temporary Employees Union”, don’t worry those membership cards are not going to be used against you. (Nevertheless, please record the date, time, place and what was said as these details help in showing the Alberta Labour Relations Board that unfair labour practices have taken place.)  

This coming Tuesday, we will be posting a full break down outlining the truly stupid things UPS and the “Specialty and Temporary Employees Union” have done over the last week, and why this company driven unionization effort is not legal or even possible on our website. 

This company unionization campaign is just your Employers attempt to cause conflict between the workers and UFCW Local 401. They are trying to confuse you and take away your rights to negotiate the Union Contract you deserve. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me:


Chris O'Halloran