MaryAnn Mihychuk's officials told her it was inevitable that companies would need temporary foreign workers to proceed with energy projects in Western Canada.
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The union issued a 72-hour strike notice Thursday.
"That's not what I meant."
She hopes the program won't be necessary one day.
The organization has pushed the federal government to craft legislation for more than a year.
Some say it's harder for federal service workers to refuse unsafe work.
A legal loophole?
The labour minister is hoping for the start of a new relationship with unions.
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