About AFL 2021

About the Alberta Federation of Labour

The Alberta Federation of Labour is a voluntary association of unions and employee organizations that have banded together to achieve common goals.

Since 1912, when unionized miners and tradespeople from southern Alberta first agreed to work together under the umbrella of a labour central, the Federation has fought hard to improve conditions for working people, their families and their communities.

Among the Federation’s earliest priorities were ending child labour and establishing occupational health and safety regulations — especially in Alberta’s coal fields which, at the time, had the highest workplace mortality rates in the world.

In its early years, the AFL was also active in the struggle for a minimum wage and the reduction of work time in a standard hour work week.

Today, the Federation continues its tradition of unions working together to make Alberta a better place by speaking out on the issues that matter the most to working people. Often these issues relate directly to the workplace. But the AFL is also active on a wide range of broader social issues — like the need for strong public services including public education and public health care.

Stand Up for Alberta: AFL Convention 2021

Every AFL convention celebrates the work of the Albertan labour movement, and maps out the priorities for working people in the future. In 2021, working Albertans are facing a pandemic while fighting a regressive government trying to take away worker rights and power. We can’t let it happen. Fair wages. Paid sick leave. Pensions. Workplace health & safety. Workers and unions balance the scales and fight on issues that matter to Albertans and that’s why we have chosen “Stand up for Alberta: unions and workers leading the fight!” as our 2021 theme.