Beware of Phony "Unions"
AFL warns workers about Company Unions & CLAC
Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan is warning workers in the province to take a careful look at some of the "unions" that are supposed to represent them.
"Anti-union employers have always used a variety of tools to try to prevent workers from exercising their democratic right to union representation," says McGowan. "One of these tools is the 'dummy' union - established with the cooperation of the employer to block the formation of a real union representing the workers' interests."
Provincial union leaders have long argued that Alberta's labour laws put obstacles in the way of legitimate unions trying to organize workers. Employers can use loopholes in the law to threaten and intimidate workers, refuse to bargain with the union, and employ professional strikebreakers.
"But the dummy or 'rat' union," McGowan points out, "comes into the workplace with the full cooperation of the boss. Workers are encouraged to sign up, and the employer will either help the 'union' win the certification vote or offer 'voluntary recognition', eliminating the need for a vote by the employees."
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