OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies is
calling on the federal and provincial governments to change rules that
allow unions to spend members' dues on activities not related to
collective bargaining without their individual consent in reaction to
news that the Public Service Alliance was backing the PQ in the recent
"Few Canadians realize just how far behind the rest of the world we are
when it comes to regulating how unions operate," explained Joseph C.
Ben-Ami, president of the Centre.
"Canada is the only democratic country in the world where employers can
still be forced - by law - to hire only members of a certain union.
It's one of the last countries where workers can be forced - after
being hired - to join a union in order to keep their jobs, and it's the
only one where workers are made to pay union dues - even if they're not
members of a union.
Once that money is in their hands, union bosses can spend it on
virtually any activity or cause they want - including political."
"In contrast to this, employers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and
the United States can't be forced to hire only members of a union, nor
(except for in a handful of hold-out American states) can workers be
forced to join a union after they're hired just to keep their jobs.
Unions can't collect dues from non-members, nor can they use money they
do get from members to support activities not directly related to
collective bargaining without giving those members the opportunity to
opt out if they choose."
"When it comes to regulating how unions operate, it's time for Canada to
join the rest of the world in the 21st century."
SOURCE: Canadian Centre for Policy Studies
For further information:
Joseph Ben-Ami at 613-695-2176 ext. 100