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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why Canada’s taxpayers must stop supporting ‘privileged’ unions

...present-day unions serve as just another special interest group seeking more and more for themselves at the expense of everyone else. This is especially true in Canada, where unions enjoy a uniquely privileged position.

Most Canadians are not aware that all other developed countries have moved to reduce union entitlements. Although the U.S. is always used as an example, unions in Europe and other developed countries have nowhere near the privileges enjoyed by their Canadian counterparts. For example, only in Canada can unions force dues to be paid by law in the workplace, and spend that money however they like. All other countries either permit employees to freely choose whether they want to pay dues, or at a minimum require unions to prove that the forced portion of the dues is spent only for collective bargaining purposes.
Canadian unions have spent vast amounts of their forced dues on such inspiring causes as the “Occupy” movement’s various protests and occupations, flotillas to Gaza, partisan interference in elections and other things most union members do not support...

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