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October 2007

Oct 18, 2007 - Ottawa Citizen
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Vito Pilieci

The Public Service Alliance of Canada cannot force its members to pay hefty fines for choosing to go to work and get paid while their colleagues are on strike, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

Oct 18, 2007 - Labour and Employment News
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Heenan Blaikie

In a significant decision limiting the rights of trade unions, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that the courts will not enforce financial penalties levied by trade unions against members who choose to cross a picket line during a legal work stoppage. The ruling in Birch and Luberti v. Union of Taxation Employees Local 70030 will make it more difficult for trade unions to use the threat of fines and other penalties to enforce picket line solidarity. It will also enhance the right of employees to decide for themselves whether they wish to participate in a work stoppage.

October 16-22, 2007 - Business in Vancouver (Issue 938)
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Timothy Renshaw

Södergren has successfully argued that closed shops violate the UN’s declaration of human rights and consequently helped pull the plug on the 15,000 that were in his homeland. However, in Canada, unlike most other countries, union membership as a condition of employment is still supported by collective agreements and legislation like the BC Labour Code.

Oct 4, 2007 - Special to the Vancouver Sun
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John Mortimer and Jan Södergren

Despite this being a universally declared right and a growing worldwide trend to ensure union membership is freely chosen, Canada, still allows forced union membership and the use of union dues for political purposes. Many unionized employees still face the archaic choice of joining a union or being fired.

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Oct 3, 2007 - Winnipeg Free Press
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Murray McNeill

A Swedish lawyer ventured into the heart of union country Tuesday to deliver a decidedly un-union-like message - that forced union membership is a violation of basic human rights.

September 2007

Sep 30, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald
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John Mortimer and Jan Södergren

Many unionized employees still face the archaic choice of join a union – or be fired.

In contrast, unionized employees in the 47-nation Council of Europe have a choice regarding union membership; and most who reject membership pay no dues at all. As of 2007, it’s also illegal for unions to use unionized non-member's dues for political activities.

Sep 28, 2007 - National Post
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John Mortimer and Jan Södergren

To this day, many unionized Canadian workers are required to join the union that represents them or risk losing their jobs. In the midst of a worldwide trend to ensure union membership is a free choice, Canada remains one of the last Western countries to allow forced union membership and the use of union dues for political purposes.

September 21, 2007 - Media Advisory
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Canadian LabourWatch Association

If forced union membership violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms then why is it mandatory for so many unionized provincial civil servants and private sector employees across Canada to also become a union “Member” or be fired?

In the 27 countries of the European Union and the 47 countries of the larger Council of Europe, forced union membership as a condition of employment is an illegal violation of human rights. So is taking dues from unionized employees who do not join the union that represents them and using them for political purposes. This is the result of 26 years of human rights litigation culminating in judgments in 2006 and 2007 from the European Court of Human Rights.

Sep 19, 2007 - The Vancouver Sun
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Andy Riga
Sep 15, 2007 - The Calgary Herald
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John Mortimer
Sep 8, 2007 - The Windsor Star
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Gerry Nicols
Sep 5, 2007 - National Post
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John Mortimer
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August 2007

Aug 30, 2007 - Special to the Vancouver Sun
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John Mortimer
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March 2007

Mar 12, 2007 - The Western Standard
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Terry O'Neill

February 2007

Feb 27, 2007 - Special to the Vancouver Sun
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John Mortimer
Feb 26, 2007 - Leader Post (Regina)
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John Mortimer
Feb 26, 2007 - The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)
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John Mortimer
Feb 26, 2007 - The Windsor Star
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John Mortimer
Feb 25, 2007 - The Gazette (Montreal)
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John Mortimer
Feb 25, 2007 - Victoria Times Colonist
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John Mortimer
Feb 24, 2007 - Calgary Herald
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John Mortimer
Feb 24, 2007 - Edmonton Journal
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John Mortimer
Feb 24, 2007 - Ottawa Citizen
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John Mortimer

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