Doug O'Halloran
Born in Prince Edward Island and raised in Lethbridge, Doug O’Halloran became active with his union while working with the Canada Dressed Meats/Burn Meat Packers in 1973. Doug served as his Local President from 1973 to 1982. He also served a four-year period as President of the Lethbridge and District Labour Council and a similar period on the Executive of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

Doug brings a strong commitment to social justice to his work as a union leader -- he currently serves as International Vice President of the UFCW International Union and has been President of UFCW Local 401 since 1989.

Entries by Doug O'Halloran

It's About Time Alberta's Labour Laws Reflected The Interest Of Workers

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2017 | 11:17 AM

For approximately the last 70 years, large business interests have had what can be easily characterized as unfettered access to the reins of Albertan lawmakers.

Over that time our Albertan labour laws have been crafted by and for the interests of large-scale business interests whose primary purpose has been to...

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NDP Needs A Leader Who Supports Workers. Peter Julian Isn't It

(7) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 4:56 PM

The NDP are the only party with policies that support working people. They are the party with a social conscience that puts working Canadians before big businesses and profit. They uniquely understand businesses need to make a profit in order to survive, but they also know that profit has to...

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Look Before You Leap: A Working Albertan's Perspective On The Leap Manifesto

(12) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 12:40 PM

Despite my frustration around the outcome of our recent NDP convention, I'm prepared to take Avi Lewis at face value when he says that he didn't expect his Leap Manifesto to be so explosive. And I'd like to try explaining the reaction from many Alberta New Democrats so that Mr....

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Notley's Approach To Energy East Is What Alberta Politics Need

(15) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:50 PM

If you listen to the news right now, odds are five minutes doesn't go by without a story about the slumping price of oil. There's no doubt that everyone in Alberta has been hit hard by this prolonged downturn.

As the province's largest private sector union, UFCW Local 401 is...

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We Must All Demand Justice for Tina Fontaine

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 11:30 AM

If I were to walk down the street and ask the average person: "Do you think one Canadian's life is worth more than another?", I'm pretty sure the universal response would be, "No, absolutely not."

Canadians believe in fairness and equity. These are values that run so deep as to...

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We Won't Get Fooled Again - Alison Redford and Conservative Entitlement

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Every Albertan has probably heard someone say that if you don't like the weather you need wait only five minutes for it to change. Over the last few months, a new provincial saying has emerged: if you're bored with Alberta politics you need wait only five minutes for the next...

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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Reminds Us Talk, Like Some Clothing, Is Cheap

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:24 PM

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Bangladesh Factory Collapse

One year ago, more than 1,100 people died needlessly. More than 2,500 other people were injured, a great many very seriously.

Why did these things happen? Was it a freak and unforeseeable accident that couldn't be avoided? Was...

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What Conservatives Must Learn From Alison Redford's Resignation

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:51 AM


In the unpredictable waters of professional politics, things can go from bad to worse in a hurry. Here in Alberta, grumbling about scandals dogging our bully government degraded into a Caucus revolt and has ended with the resignation of a Premier - all...

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Our Bully Government Fails Children At Risk

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 7:48 PM

2014-01-29-206812690_b25e70627d_n.jpgMuch of what I've written here at the Huffington Post Alberta has focused on the attacks on workers by Alberta's bully government. To be sure, those attacks have been numerous and reprehensible. But in light of the government's child intervention...

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There's Bullying, And Then There's War

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 1:40 PM

2013-12-02-UFCW401BullyGovtBills4546Image.jpgIn December, our union will be releasing the second issue of our magazine, Your Voice. In that issue will be an article providing a month-by-month account of the Redford government's ten biggest bullying moments in 2013.

The article closed as follows:

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What Was At Stake At Superstore

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 3:45 PM

2013-10-23-UFCW401SuperstoreHuffPoImage.jpgAt 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 6, approximately 8,500 Real Canadian Superstore and Liquorstore workers in Alberta went on strike. With a picket line in front of every single Superstore and Liquorstore in the province, and an unprecedented number of workers showing up...

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Alberta's Government Is, Without A Doubt, A Bully

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:57 AM

2013-09-12-877ROTATIONKinosisSEPT27.jpgRecently, I have had the opportunity to reflect on our current Conservative government and I'm left with one resounding thought: this government is without a shadow of a doubt a bully. Looking back at the government's decisions since the last provincial election, I...

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