|The Alberta Federation of Labour has developed a reputation for
publishing high-quality research booklets dealing with economic issues that
matter to working people. The AFL research department has paid particularly
close attention to changing trends in income, employment and job security in
Alberta. The following is a list of some of the Federation’s most recent
publications (available for downloading as
- Losing Ground: The Slow Decline of Workers’ Rights and Privileges
Losing Ground is the latest report from the AFL on the economic and social
conditions facing working men, women and their families in Alberta. Released
in May 2001, the report examines the conditions facing two different
generations of Albertans by comparing economic and social conditions in 1975
with those of the present. The two periods lend themselves to comparison
because they are both centered in economic booms produced by high energy
prices. The troubling conclusions drawn from the study are, quite simply, that
working people are worse off today than they were twenty-five years ago in
most areas of comparison.
- Now More Than Ever: An Examination of the Challenges and Opportunities
Facing Alberta Unions in the 21st Century
In the turbulent workplace of the 21st century, workers in
Alberta need the kind of protection that unions provide more than ever.
That’s the central message of the AFL’s 1999 research report on the state
of the labour movement in Alberta and Canada. The report – called Now More
Than Ever – outlines in detail the many benefits enjoyed by unionized
workers. It also argues that in the dog-eat-dog labour market of the 21st
century, workers will probably need unions more than ever.
- Missing Out on the Boom? A Report Card on Jobs, Wages and Economic Security
in Alberta (1998)
Despite their province's impressive economic growth, many Albertans are
still suffering from stagnant wages and chronic job insecurity, says a report
released by the AFL. The report, entitled "Missing Out on the Boom,"
examines current trends in wages, job security, job creation and public
services in Alberta. The study clearly shows that many Albertans are not
sharing in the benefits of the province's on-going economic boom. While
business people and professionals at the top of the income ladder are enjoying
rising wages and profits, many ordinary Albertans are falling behind.
- Crumbs From the Table: Re-evaluating the So-called "Alberta
This AFL study shows that the so-called "Alberta Advantage" has
only really been an advantage for a small portion of the Alberta population.
Profits and income are up for corporations, but many Alberta are still only
getting "crumbs from the table." Crumbs From the Table was
the winner of the Canadian Association of Labour Media’s 1997
Stroke-of-Genius Award for most innovative labour publication.
- People First PDF (652287K)