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Canadian Legislation

In this section we keep decisions and legislation by Canadian Courts that, in our view, represent examples of LabourWatch's Guiding Principles.

C-377 - Private Members Bill (PMB)
First Reading December, 2011
Legislation
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An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (labour organizations)
Style
C-377 - Private Members Bill (PMB)
File
An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (labour organizations)

Summary

This enactment amends the Income Tax Act to require that labour organizations provide financial information to the Minister for public disclosure.

The "Rand Formula"
Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited and The International Union United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (U.A.W.C.I.O.).
Union Dues
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Arbitration-Award on issue of union security.

Summary

The architect of compulsory union dues in Canada was then Supreme Court Mr. Justice Ivan C. Rand who was an Appointed as arbitrator to settle a strike. The dispute was between the Ford Motor Co. in Windsor, Ontario and the United Auto Workers Union. He handed down an Arbitration Award on January 29, 1946, that made union dues compulsory for both Members and non-Members of the union at this Ford location.

Canadian Decisions
Hubner
British Columbia Labour Relations Board - BCLRB No. B231/2007
Membership
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Hubner et al. v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 247
Certain Employees -and- United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 247

Summary

In 2007, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 247, requested that their union produce copies of its financial statements for the years 2001 to 2006. The employees had become concerned about the manner in which the UFCW was handling its finances. When the UFCW declined, the bargaining unit members applied to the BC Labour Relations Board for an order compelling the Union to do so

Advancing Employee Rights
Federal or Province
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    • broadcasting - radio, television or cable television
    • telecommunications
    • banking
    • fisheries (but only if your business relates to the protection and preservation of fisheries as a natural resource)
    • shipping and navigation (including loading and unloading vessels)
    • grain handling
    • uranium mining and processing
    • certain federal crown agencies
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    • air transport
    • canals
    • ferries, tunnels and bridges
    • highway transport of good or passengers
    • railway transport of goods or passengers