Bill 44 – Hospital Nurses Denied Legal Right to Strike
On April 11, 1983, the Minister of Labour introduced Bill 44 in the Alberta Legislature. One of the many provisions of Bill 44 was the removal of the legal right to strike from all hospital workers, including nurses. This legislation provided for compulsory arbitration rather than strikes or lockouts as the method of settling bargaining table disputes.
In May of 1983, Bill 44 was passed as legislation and provided for heavy fines and a LRB approval of a six-month suspension of the Rand Formula of dues deductions, for any failure to comply with the new legislation.
In the summer of 1983, the Calgary office moved to larger offices in Campana Place.