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Post date: 02/15/2011 - 16:57

Union Strangle hold choking Quebec Canada

This is one mans opinion. Some of the facts are half truths. This does illistrate the problems faced in many regions. The numbers of union members in North America is dwindling due to this.

If the Cayman Islands are a fiscal paradise, Quebec is nothing more than a union’s paradise.

Such is the conclusion of a new study called “The Quebec Unionization Model: Correcting the Anomaly” that was conducted by the Montreal Economic Institute and released last Monday.

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This is one mans opinion. Some of the facts are half truths. This does illistrate the problems faced in many regions. The numbers of union members in North America is dwindling due to this.

If the Cayman Islands are a fiscal paradise, Quebec is nothing more than a union’s paradise.

Such is the conclusion of a new study called “The Quebec Unionization Model: Correcting the Anomaly” that was conducted by the Montreal Economic Institute and released last Monday.

A haven for big unions and a hell for small workers, Quebec distinguishes itself “as one of the places in the industrialized world where workers’ freedom of choice is the most limited.”

However, this doesn’t seem to bother our elected officials. Quebec’s parliamentary committee on Labour and the Economy spent two days this week hearing witnesses speak about the relevance of reinforcing anti-scab legislation.

Members of the National Assembly gave the unions’ representatives twice the time they gave business representatives when they appeared before the committee. A great demonstration of objectivity!

There are only two provinces or states out of 60 in North America where laws prohibit the hiring of replacement workers in case of a strike or a lock-out: Quebec and British Columbia.

Our “distinct society” also shows its distinctiveness by being one of the few places that permits automatic union certification with signed membership cards only and no requirement to hold a secret ballot. We unionize workers whether they want it or not!

We even oblige a majority of workers at unionized businesses to become union members, otherwise they lose their jobs.

Finally, we require the payment of expensive union dues to finance all sorts of political activities with which a majority of workers disagree.

In short, Quebec workers are the most bullied in the Western world when it comes to freedom of association, followed closely by the rest of Canada. Nowhere else in the developed world do unions benefit from so many privileges.

Secret ballot

In the United States, the accreditation process comes with an obligation to hold a secret ballot. Twenty-two states permit total freedom of choice regarding union membership. In the 28 other states, workers can freely choose or refuse to pay the part of their unions dues that serve to fund political causes.

Similarly, in the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe, workers do not have to join a union, and they don’t have to pay union dues other than what is used for the purpose of collective bargaining.

In Australia, employees are not forced to join a union or pay union dues.

Polls show a strong majority of Quebecers are opposed to such pro-union laws. In spite of public opinion, our MNAs still want to give a few more privileges to their union friends in the hope of getting kick-back support in the next elections.

As long as our members are more interested in union corporatism than the fate of workers, Quebec will continue its steady and long economic decline.

Quebec is the most indebted, the most taxed and the least attractive province for private investments because it is the most unionized on the continent. Unionized workers represent 40% of the labour force, which is over 12% more than elsewhere in Canada and more than three times more than our American neighbours.

MNAs should stop trying to make Quebec a haven for big monopolizing unions and instead defend workers’ place under the sun.