The Alberta Government announced on Thursday afternoon that they were launching a review of the WCB, this will be the first since an MLA led review in 1999-2000. Three labour specialists were announced as heads of the committee to carry out consultations and to create a preliminary report in the fall while the final report will be expected spring 2017.
Pemme Cunliffe a former nurse, health administrator for Covenant Health and lawyer will represent the employers on the committee. She currently sits on the Labour Board where she was appointed in 2013. Her background is in labour negotiations.
ACA will be looking forward to carrying on our advocacy for our members to the committee and hope that we can continue to build on the meetings we have had in the past few months with government and creating a collaborative rather than a combative environment.
The WCB is an employer funded insurance scheme which should work to help workers when they have been injured on the job and we will continue to advocate for the employers to ensure fairness for all parties.
You can find out more about the committee here, read the government press release here, and see the terms of reference for the committee here. Also Vice Chair Paul Heyens was quoted in an article by Graham Thomson last week around the issue which can be read here.