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Summary of Fines decisions

Discussion about the issue of Unions fining their members.
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Summary of Fines decisions

Postby NC » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:17 am

I got a PM about fines and the TWU appeal. Here is how I responded.
The long standing fight betwixt Unions and their members on this topic is fodder for books and books of research. The TWU and the PSAC are hardliners about about fining members when they exercise their constitutional right to cross a picket line to go to work. No member in Canada who has fought in court has ever been forced to pay a union's fine.

The unions like TWU and PSAC keep trying though, because the "in terrorem" factor is the only way the union can maintain control of members during a strike. The fact that they keep losing makes them madder and madder and they grow weaker and weaker in their offense.

This is just opinion but I suspect one will make it to the Supreme court and we will have the start of a constitutional fight about the right to work. So again, in my opinion, if the TWU does manage to push through into a constitutional fight they still have a long road to go. You can bet the TWU dues kitty will be well strained with the effort though.

Here's a link to more on the topic if you want to read about the influential decisions.

http://www.labourwatch.com/pdfs/decisio ... strong.pdf
http://www.labourwatch.com/pdfs/decisio ... on_TWU.pdf
http://www.labourwatch.com/pdfs/decisio ... uberti.pdf
http://www.labourwatch.com/pdfs/decisio ... Pulley.pdf

This is where they are all stored:
http://www.labourwatch.com/about/decisions.php
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Postby alec » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:23 pm

They have to continue to fight it. Too many of the wives and children of picket line crossers have cameraphones now and will take pictures when the thugs come to break the legs of the "scabs".


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Postby NC » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:09 am

Well, I look at the fact the rest of the planet does not even allow forced membership and forced dues, much less let an employee get fired for crossing a picket line. As much as I hate to stoop to tired metaphors, get on the Human Rights wagon and join the rest of the world.

Not sure is you have seen this but here is the continuing saga that faces BC employees. (One of the bastions of "fired for no membership") but this is about dues.

www.mydues.ca


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Postby alec » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:54 pm

Sure hope those ladies win.


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Postby NC » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:10 pm

So the PSAC lost again too. They appealed the Birch Luberti decision in the Ontario Court of Appeal, and lost again.

http://www.labourwatch.com/pdfs/decisio ... Appeal.pdf


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Postby alec » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:14 pm

over and over. Its all the same thing. They will never learn. :?


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Postby NC » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:18 pm

Union really need the "In terrorem" bit or the concept falls apart.


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