Think Tank calls for regulation of union spending

OTTAWA, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies, an independent public policy think-tank, is calling on governments to protect workers' rights by regulating trade union spending.

In a discussion paper released today entitled "Balancing workers' rights and union privileges in a mandatory dues environment", the Centre outlines how Canadian labour law allows collective bargaining agreements that force workers to join a union as a condition of employment. It also forces workers in a unionized workplace to pay dues to a union even if they are not members.

"The mandatory nature of the relationship between unions and workers, especially in the area of collection of dues, justifies greater public scrutiny and regulation of union spending to safeguard the rights of workers," explained Garnett Genuis, Associate Fellow at the Centre and Principal author of the paper. "It's a question of basic fairness"

To download a copy of "Balancing workers' rights and union privileges in a mandatory dues environment" click on:

http://www.policystudies.ca/documents/Balancing_workers_rights_and_union_privileges.pdf

SOURCE Meighen Institute

For further information: For further information: Garnett Genuis at 613-695-2176 extension 211

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