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The declilne of union power

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The declilne of union power

Postby NC » Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:23 pm

Huge spread in the Post this morning:
When workers at a privately-owned building-products supplier in Sudbury, Ont., decided to stop paying union dues several years ago because they felt the union wasn't doing anything for them anymore, a labour boss was eventually dispatched to the northern city to deal with the situation.

The union official told the company it had to start deducting the dues from its paycheques. Employees resisted. They hadn't paid dues in more than 10 years.

The union lost touch with its members, failing to bargain a new collective agreement after it expired in 1997, the workers said. Meanwhile, they insisted the employer treated them fairly, giving them raises and an allowance for clothing. Last year, they voted to cut all ties with the union and decertify.
Read the whole Story: http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=756585

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Postby alec » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:05 pm

on only goes to show: There is still a place for unions in the world. But NOT the type of unions that we have grown used to that grew out of teh labout problems of the 1950's.

New unions need to be savvy, educated and run as a business by professionals.


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