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    :: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 ::

    Oil patch drives influx of foreign workers - By DAVE EBNER, The Globe and Mail
    The trend to look outside Canada began in earnest earlier this year. In March, The Globe and Mail reported that Ledcor Industries Ltd. received approval from the government to bring in 680 skilled workers.

    The situation has a major local union worried. Foreign workers — such as pipefitters, welders and electricians — are typically brought in as part of the Christian Labour Association of Canada, a union that is a rival to the more established Alberta Building Trades Council.

    The trades council argues that executives at energy companies are trying to crack the union's strength in the province, noting that bringing in foreign workers appears to be more expensive than hiring a local employee who is part of the building trades council.

    “This is not about money. This is about control,” said Martyn Piper, executive secretary of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters, part of the building trades council.
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