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Thank you, Hugh Segal

February 21st, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Law & legal issues, Taxes

The debate on Bill C-377 has moved to the Senate. As many Policy Note readers probably know, Bill C-377 would impose onerous and unfair financial and operational disclosure obligations on unions and other labour organizations, in the lofty name of “transparency and accountability,” but with the actual malicious aim of weakening Labour and publicizing the […]

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The long term costs of legislating workers back to work

February 25th, 2012 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

As the provincial government spends the weekend drafting back-to-work legislation that will impose a contract on BC teachers, I found this opinion piece I wrote back in the year 2000, when the previous BC government legislated CUPE school support workers back to work. Still feels remarkably timely. So, just thought I’d re-post that old piece […]

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On Labour Day, think about unions as an equalizing force

August 31st, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour

By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed levels of production. Those who today attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them. Martin Luther King speaking in 1961 On Labour Day 2011 unions in North America are facing historic challenges. […]

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The Frontier Centre’s dubious numbers about public sector wages

February 28th, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

As if the Fraser Institute needed any help getting its message in the media, there are now a number of Fraser clones that are preaching the same message.  One of those clones, Winnipeg’s Frontier Centre for Public Policy, has gotten a lot of ink in the last few weeks with a report arguing that salaries […]

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Reduction in unionization helped break the economy

December 5th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Do unions have any role in today’s society?  Right wing organizations like the Fraser Institute say no but a report from an unlikely source suggests otherwise.  The International Monetary Fund, no left wing organization, has published a paper suggesting the decline of unionization is one of the causes of the financial crisis and an increase […]

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