July 02, 2015

Bill C-377: Union bosses' loss is a victory for transparency

Brian LilleyArchive

Despite having many obstacles thrown in their way, senators were finally able to pass Bill C-377, the Union Disclosure bill. 

Unions in Canada have special protection under the law which allows them to collect billions of dollars from their members tax free without having to disclose how those billions are spent. Those opposed to Bill C-377 (including some in the "Media Party") call it anti-union, but it's only anti-union if you mean Union Bosses. Rank and file union members will join all taxpayers in cheering passage of this bill, which is a victory for transparency.  


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commented 2015-07-07 20:49:46 -0400
This bill is about destroying the labour movement in furtherance of class warfare.
commented 2015-07-05 16:16:32 -0400
Funny – you can see the lefty paid bloggers worming their way onto this blog.

The toestar and the glue and snail are all lefty sh*t – I guess the lefties are tired of arguing amongst themselves and so they are making their way here.
commented 2015-07-04 21:30:04 -0400
Kudos and congratulations to MP, Russ Hiebert, for writing this private member’s bill and shepherding it though to successful passage.
Crooked and abusive union bosses hate this bill. So do politicians who suck up to and take money from crooked and abusive union bosses.
commented 2015-07-04 15:12:38 -0400
In their view : If you want union transiency, you hate the workers — and are nothing more than a corporate shill.
commented 2015-07-03 19:28:39 -0400
Time all unions were audited and the memberships had their eyes opened as to how their hard earned dues are being exploited.
It’s about time union bosses like Syd Ryan were made accountable to their membership, I’ve seen it time and again when these
union bosses use their positions for their own benefit to get ahead and leave their membership to hang…
commented 2015-07-03 08:50:46 -0400
Union transparency is needed. I have always believed that if I have to pay for something, I should at least have an understanding of what and where my money was going to.

Garry, are you still around? And have you been into the hash brownies again little boy? Please disappear again child. You are nothing but hate filled slime.
commented 2015-07-03 03:57:01 -0400
@glenn Craig, Well said and eloquently at that. Both a fair appraisal of the status of unions in Canada and damning indictment. As a former member of both private CAW and public OPSEU I can attest to the opacity of the backstage machinations of unions and agree with Brian Lilley’s assertion that sunlight is the best disinfectant.
commented 2015-07-03 02:46:15 -0400
Garry Wood? WHAT? Are you smoking? Oh ya. Maurice told us to ignore you. Jimmy, Adam, whatever your name is. I wish the rest of Canada could catch up to what the rest of you have commented. All true. Democracy fails when Unionists gain excessive power. Thank God for Harper. Pray it lasts
commented 2015-07-03 01:06:14 -0400
maurice-i bet privste union shoveliling last bit money into cpc because they wont need open up there books!
commented 2015-07-03 00:56:20 -0400
I agree with Glenn Craig. I was part of a Union executive too. I was job steward and on the union executive council of the BCGEU while I worked for the BC Forest Service. And it’s like I posted many times before on this site, it’s the apathy of the rank and file members of Trade Unions that allows the “oligarchy of the quorum of those who bother to participate” to make decisions, particularly financial decisions, that may run contrary to the wishes of rank and file members. It’s also this apathy that creates the atmosphere in which dishonesty, shady deals and alliances, and sometimes criminality, can flourish. While I was job steward, I did my best to encourage my coworkers to show up at the meetings and have their say. I wasn’t successful, and I don’t know how to turn that around. But on the day we can solve the problem of apathy with the rank and file members, that’s the day we can solve the problem of corruption in the Union Executive.
commented 2015-07-02 21:24:31 -0400
private union always givingto harper to!
commented 2015-07-02 20:57:55 -0400
I helped form a private sector union…..I was a steward…chief shop steward …..and an area Vice president in public service unions…I have won landmark and game changing grievances…and I am willing to bet I have walked more miles on a picket line than anyone who would bad mouth me for “breaking ranks”.

Any broad stroke condemnations of the union movement don’t impress me…..people have the right to associate….people have the right to bargain collectively for the value of their labour….people have the right to express and redress grievance. ..people have the right to have a say in the health and safety risks they take when they pursue their livelihood…

But a union unfortunately is a microcosm of why democracy fails….the people who fought hard for democracy were people who realized that they had a large stake in it. Most people take those benefits for granted and like the Liberal Party “leave it to the experts”

A union is not a reflection of the democratic will of its rank and file members….it is an oligarchy of the quorum of those who bother to participate…..much like democracy at large.

I have to enthusiastically agree that it is high time that oligarchy came clean with an accounting of the wastrel gambling they have been doing at the Whorehouse Casino of Politics.
commented 2015-07-02 20:16:33 -0400
Rick, for sure. If they took those million and used it to pay their members full wage when they picket, that would be a start, not that I always agree when the various unions picket.

I bet Sid Ryan’s wage is hovering around the 1/2 million, plus a lucrative pension, plus a lavish expense account, plus bonuses, . . . plus, . . . plus . . .
commented 2015-07-02 20:08:13 -0400
Peter said: “Are they hiding something?” Well, maybe. One would think the rank and file worker paying union dues getting to see the thousands or millions spent on political activities as opposed to actually representing their membership in working conditions, wages, and Corporate Injustices might be disenchanted with the direction of their union!
commented 2015-07-02 19:53:44 -0400
hey peter will the cpc party open up there books?look how ads there when there isnt an election like iggy
commented 2015-07-02 19:49:33 -0400
It is about time the unions were forced to open their books. This has been the law in the U.S. for a long time.

What are the unions in Canada afraid of? Why are they opposed to opening their books for all to see? Are they hiding something?

It is about time they are held accountable for the money they * forcibly take* from the union members.
commented 2015-07-02 18:56:35 -0400
petter neville-how many billions are wasted on non election against the liberal when not election year aka cpc party!
commented 2015-07-02 18:55:26 -0400
will thre CPC party and rebel media open up there books?
commented 2015-07-02 18:33:03 -0400
LMFAO!!! GAME ON!!! pig troodo won’t be able to change anything – no senate support. neither will the enn-dee-pee.

Here’s what going on at the SCOTUS.


Union fees in the US are likely headed to “non-mandatory” – a direct hit on union revenues. Canada will have to follow.
commented 2015-07-02 17:34:48 -0400
I wonder how quickly the SCoC will manage to push through a ruling that states this bill is a violation of the constitutional rights of the union bosses ( or some other such garbage ruling ). It seems the SCoC is doing everything they can to oppose the Conservatives.
commented 2015-07-02 17:06:58 -0400
Excellent news, and long past due!
commented 2015-07-02 16:26:44 -0400
Great news. Long overdue.
commented 2015-07-02 16:26:12 -0400
Why do Trudeau and Mulcair want to protect union bosses?

Because they are both bought and paid for by the unions. And they have the unmitigated gall to accuse the Conservatives of being Corporate shills. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
commented 2015-07-02 15:57:06 -0400
‘rammed’ it through……they seem to like to say that, forgetting the Harper govt has a majority and has ways available to them that enable them to get things through.
commented 2015-07-02 15:26:07 -0400
Unions are nothing but an arm of the World Socialist Order. Perhaps once they had a legitimate reason for existing, but now they are criminal scumbags.