Bill C-525: An attack on our ability to organize and maintain our membership
Who: The Harper government acting through Tory backbencher Blaine Calkins, the MP for
the riding of Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
What: Bill C-525
- Currently federal law allows for card-check certification
- This Bill would require a vote for all federal certifications
- 45% sign-up required for a vote
- All votes for certification and decertification would require the unions to receive a majority of the votes of all bargaining unit members to be certified or to maintain certification. Anyone not voting counts as a vote against the union!
Why: This is part of a larger Conservative strategy to weaken and ultimately destroy unions
When: The Bill was introduced on June 6, 2013 and will move forward during the fall session
Where: Federal jurisdiction
How: The Tories are using Private Member’s Bills to avoid accountability and transparency.
When the government introduces legislation, it is required to justify, explain and
defend it in Parliament. However, through Private Member’s Bills they can avoid
accountability and transparency.
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