Meet Laine Fowler, Labour Relations Officer
Hello everyone! As I am new to MRSA and you are all new to me - please take this bio from me as an introduction to who I am and what I can do for you. I have recently been hired to be your Labour Relations Officer. I am committed to the work of the labour movement, particularly with regards to public service employees. I have supported numerous collective agreement negotiations, many of them first agreements, as well as, organizing drives, unfair labour practice complaints and thousands of employee issues, including grievances with respect to collective agreement interpretation, human rights, disability, and occupational health and safety, through to resolution. Of note, I recently supported major court challenges with the recent certification of Siksika Health Services EMS employees, up to the Supreme Court of Canada and negotiated a first agreement with Mosaic Primary Care Network (PCN) - the first unionized PCN in Alberta, with about 40 different job titles in the single agreement.
I obtained my BA from the University of Calgary, in Law and Society ( I did my first year at Mount Royal College). Previously I worked for the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, which is a union that represents about 28,000 members of 250 different disciplines primarily in health care, as a Labour Relations Officer for 14 years. My most recent assignment was to represent the paramedics in Calgary, but I've also represented office and clerical workers, social workers, lab, x-ray, paramedical and so many others it would be silly to name them all. I really enjoy representational work - as I have the opportunity to support the workers and learn from all of you.
I am an enthusiastic facilitator and have educated members on topics such as - collective agreement interpretation, in-scope supervision, duty to accommodate, bullying and harassment, conflict, and mental health.
I strive to provide support to employees who have concerns and issues with compassion and empathy. In negotiating and applying the collective agreement I am always looking for ways to improve the overall harmony of the relationship between the employer and employees. That being said - my bias is always to the MRSA and the employees represented by the MRSA - I'm in your corner.
My husband and I live on an acreage in Water Valley, Alberta where in my spare time I garden, knit and tend my many animals - currently a dog, a cat and 12 chickens.