The Conservatives, both Federal and Provincial are back at it again, trying to break the unions.
Prime Minister Harper and his anti-union group of M.P.’s have brought Bill 377, an act to amend the Income Tax Act back to the Senate after the Senate sent this union bashing Bill back to the Federal Legislature with an abundant amount of amendments that in effect rendered it almost powerless.
Harper did this by proroguing Parliament. This is a method of discontinuing the Meeting of Parliament without dissolving it. The Government in this country is so intent on gutting unions that they revert to what amounts to Parliamentary trickery to keep their attacks alive.
If you remember, Bill 377 required, in part, that unions publicly disclose all assets and liabilities, time and money spent on organizing, pension and medical payments over $5,000.00 under threat of fines of $1,000.00 a day if full disclosure isn’t done. This is your personal information that the public has no right to know, all because you are a member of a union.
Provincially, we have Tim Hudak, leader of the Ontario Conservatives. This desperate man, fighting for his life as a leader of his party continues to put the demise of unions as his top priority. Hudak has put forth 2 bills, Bill 74 and Bill 94.
Bill 74 was to let Ellis Don out of the Sarnia Building Trades Agreement. Sarnia Building Trades filed a grievance at the Labour Board and won and Ellis Don turned around and filed an appeal and won that, keeping them signatory only in Toronto. Bill 74 would stop Sarnia Building Trades from re-appealing and stop other unionized trades from filing a grievance at the Board.
Bill 74 has far reaching ramifications which includes encompassing other general contractors similar to Ellis Don’s situation.
Bill 94, which has many of us concerned as it involves but is not limited to certifications, negotiations, decertification’s as well as affecting the Board’s ability to certify employers because of unfair labour practices.
All union members should become familiar with Bills 74 and 94 and contact your NDP MPP and express your dismay firmly all the while explaining the ramifications to you, your family and construction industry.
UA Local 527