The real story behind latest Conservative attack on labour
The real story behind latest Conservative attack on labour
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The real story behind latest Conservative attack on labour

The Conservative government’s ongoing attack on unions — “a key driver in the creation of the middle class” — has reached a new milestone. Bill C-525, the anti-union private member’s bill tabled by a Conservative backbencher and backed enthusiastically by Stephen Harper and his cabinet, cleared a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, when the bill passed Second Reading in the House […]

January 30, 2014

The Conservative government’s ongoing attack on unions — “a key driver in the creation of the middle class” — has reached a new milestone.

Bill C-525, the anti-union private member’s bill tabled by a Conservative backbencher and backed enthusiastically by Stephen Harper and his cabinet, cleared a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, when the bill passed Second Reading in the House of Commons. 

The bill borrows from Republican-style tactics in the United States to destabilize the labour movement and weaken the ability of unions to fight for fair wages and a shared prosperity.

C-525 proposes that a majority vote in favour of joining a union is no longer enough while letting a minority of the membership sign a petition to trigger a decertification vote. And by forcing a mandatory secret vote on employees who have already signed union cards, the bill makes the union certification process more difficult, allowing employers to intimidate employees.

This two-step process would put federal labour laws at odds with the rules in a number of Canada’s provinces, where a “card check” of a majority of workers is enough to organize a union.

Wonder where this anti-labour agenda originates? It’s not from the bill’s author, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins. It goes much higher than that.

That’s why the Prime Minister’s Office meets so often with the anti-union lobby group Merit Canada. Maclean’s Magazine looked at the Canada’s lobbyist registry, and found that only five companies or organizations had more meetings with the PMO over a 12-month period.

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Photo: mfhiatt. Used under a Creative Commons BY 2.0 licence.

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Corporate Canada done paying taxes for year, hoarding $541 billion in cash
Corporate Canada done paying taxes for year, hoarding $541 billion in cash

Corporate Canada done paying taxes for year, hoarding $541 billion in cash

Canadian corporations are done paying taxes for the year, according to a new study that links massive corporate tax giveaways to hoarding hundreds of billions in cash. Wednesday is Corporate Tax Freedom Day, meaning that corporations have now paid their entire share of taxes for the year to all levels of government, the Canadian Labour […]

January 29, 2014

Canadian corporations are done paying taxes for the year, according to a new study that links massive corporate tax giveaways to hoarding hundreds of billions in cash.

Wednesday is Corporate Tax Freedom Day, meaning that corporations have now paid their entire share of taxes for the year to all levels of government, the Canadian Labour Congress report shows.

And instead of investing in creating jobs after a decade of massive corporate tax cuts, corporations are hoarding $541 billion in cash.

“In…