Monday, September 3, 2012

Unions, NDP vs Rights Of Non-Union Workers

Check out this Sun News article, about the erosion of our right to work under the provincial NDP governments:
1. The year was 2002, less than three years after the NDP won government. And the NDP-appointed Winnipeg Regional Health Authority began looking at ways to unionize hundreds of non-union hospital workers.
"We can't identify any positives to being in a union," said Anne Hildebrand at the time, a physiotherapist who had worked 27 years at Grace Hospital. "We have never sought out unionization, we have never inquired about it and we have never been interested in it."

In total, 161 non-unionized staff at the Grace were forced to become part of a union without having the democratic right to vote on whether they wanted to join.

2. In 2004, the NDP government announced all construction workers - regardless of whether they belonged to a union - would have to pay union dues if they wanted to work on one of the biggest public works projects in Manitoba's history.
The sole objective of the move was to line the pockets of Manitoba's unions, who work tirelessly during election campaigns to help re-elect the NDP. There was no logical reason for non-union workers to pay union dues. It was strictly a way to raise revenues for Manitoba's union movement.
Then there was the Manitoba Hydro with its discriminatory practices, which led to a law suit against forced unionization, filed by the Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba. Hopefully, the latter inspires not only some more law suits from other provinces, but also - some much needed action from the Federal government. Making necessary amendments to the Canada Labor Code, to strengthen the right to work for all Canadians, is a measure long overdue.

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