By Sean Tucker and Andrew Stevens In June 2017, former Conservative MP Russ Hiebert’s anti-union private members bill, C-377, was repealed by Parliament. Closely modelled on US legislation, C-377 imposed unprecedented financial and other public disclosure requirements on Canadian unions. Hiebert argued that Canadians deserved detailed information about unions, noting in 2013 that “sunshine is Continue readingC-377 Postscript: What a private members bill taught us about anti-unionism
By Scott Price The 2015 Canadian federal election is approaching its last days. Although the NDP has seen its support wane, the election will most likely be a close one. In Manitoba and Winnipeg the municipal, federal and upcoming provincial elections could signal the start of a longer process of reevaluation and retooling for both the Continue readingIn Manitoba labour movement in the middle of the election cycle storm
With a federal election upon us and a handful of labour conventions on the horizon, how are delegates and rank-and-file members working to politicize their federations? Send us proposed resolutions by September 29 to share amongst the RankandFile.ca readership. Share your draft resolutions for union members across Canada to use. There are no shortage of issues Continue readingSend us your labour convention resolutions!
by Haseena Manek, originally published by the Canadian Association of Labour Media Harper has been Prime Minister for almost a decade. In that time, the Conservative government’s war on workers has touched nearly every sector and industry. Through a combination of policy and propaganda, the Conservatives have started to dismantle the system of protections that Continue readingWorkers must remember Harper’s attacks when they go to the polls in October
A controversial anti-union bill, C-377, is being rammed through Senate this afternoon after Tory senators overruled the Senate chair to end debate. In 2013, dissident Tory Senators helped to stall the passing of C-377 by voting on a series of amendments that sent the bill back to the House for consideration. Harper’s prorogation of Parliament Continue readingThe resurrection of Bill C-377: A reader
By Andrew Stevens Senate committee hearings recommenced last month to consider testimony and evidence regarding Conservative MP, Russ Hiebert’s floundering anti-union bill, C-377. As RankandFile.ca reported in 2014, the private members’ legislation, innocuously titled “An Amendment to the Income Tax Act,” will impose unprecedented reporting standards upon labour organizations in Canada. Not only will unions Continue readingWhat next for C-377?
By David Bush This past year has seen governments continue and extend their unprecedented assault on fundamental trade union and worker rights, while employers demand even more concessions at the bargaining table. At the federal level the Conservatives passed their omnibus Bill C-4, which stripped away basic health and safety regulations for workers. The legislation Continue reading2014: The Canadian labour movement in review
Rail safety | EI reform fiasco | Bill C-377 | NGF Guelph strike | Saskatoon transit lockout | Live-in caregiver program | Good Jobs Summit | Pensions study | ETFO anti-racism | Canada-Korea Free Trade | Ontario health and safety | Dalhousie post-docs Rail Safety New Teamsters TV Commercial on rail safety Train cars that Continue readingRankandFile.ca Labour News Update: October 13, 2014
Russ Hiebert, LabourWatch, Nanos Research, and the Making of Bill C-377 On Oct. 8, University of Regina faculty members Sean Tucker and Andrew Stevens delivered a public lecture about the development of Bill C-377. If implemented, the legislation would require trade unions to publicly disclose detailed financial information about their activities as well as information about the proportion of Continue readingPublic lecture on C-377: Working in the shadows for transparency
Russ Hiebert, LabourWatch, Nanos Research, and the Making of Bill C-377 Wednesday, October 8, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. University of Regina, RIC 119 , Main Campus Speakers: Sean Tucker (Associate Professor, University of Regina) and Andrew Stevens (Assistant Professor, University of Regina). Private member’s Bill C-377 “An Act to amend the Income Tax Act Continue readingPublic lecture: Working in the shadows for transparency
BC teachers | Bill C-377 | Montreal pensions protest | Saskatoon transit lockout | Alberta pension bills | Nova Scotia’s Bill 37 | US Steel bankruptcy | Richmond IKEA lockout | Cornwall wildcat strike | Winnipeg municipal workers | Calgary parks privatization BC Teachers’ strike BC Teachers’ Strike – Lessons Learned Tara Ehrcke, Staffroom Confidential Continue readingRankandFile.ca Labour News Update: September 22, 2014
Workplace safety | Rana Plaza | Temporary Foreign Workers Program | CLC Presidency | Art Gallery of Ontario | UPS wildcat | Bill C-377 & C-525 | Labour-Community Alliances April 28: Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job Workplace safety by the numbers CBC News, April 28 2014 In 2012, the Continue readingRankandFile.ca Weekly Labour Update – April 28 2014