Union funded political campaign proves need for labour law reform

OTTAWA, April 6 /CNW/ - An independent conservative think-tank is calling for changes to labour laws to prevent unions from forcing their members to fund partisan political activities. The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies was responding to reports that the Ontario Catholic Teachers' Association plans to increase dues by $60 to pay for an anti-Hudak campaign this fall.

"Regardless of what political party stands to gain, forcing workers to support partisan political activity of any kind is a fundamental violation their individual rights and profoundly undemocratic," said CCPS President
Joseph Ben-Ami.

"Giving unions the power to force workers to join, or to pay dues even if they aren't forced to join, is a recipe for abuse and corruption," said Ben-Ami. "The law needs to recognize and respond to this."

The CCPS issued a discussion paper last year on this issue. It can be accessed at http://policystudies.ca/blue-papers/380-balancing-workers-rights-and-union-privileges-in-a-mandatory-dues-environment

SOURCE Canadian Centre for Policy Studies

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