December 12, 2009
Alberta Labor Relations Board Constitutionalizes Mandatory Dues Check Off
David Doorey from York Univ. (Toronto) promises us a story that will intrigue some and outrage other Americans (on the outrage side, see the forthcoming comments to this post from the National Right to Work Foundation and James Young).
David tells us that the Alberta labour relations board ruled recently that the Canadian constitution requires governments to include in their labour legislation a requirement that collective agreements include a provision requiring mandatory union dues checkoff whenever the union requests such a clause be included. In essence, it constitutionalizes mandatory dues check off.
The case is linked on David's blog entry here.
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The only "outrage" I feel arises from your gratuitous aspersions, Paul. And pity, really, on your uninformed and/or disingenuous implication that I speak for the National Right to Work Foundation.
I'm not familiar enough with Alberta law to comment intelligently, otherwise. The only conclusion that I can draw from your comment is that labor unions constitute some sort of preferred class there.
Posted by: James Young | Dec 12, 2009 1:07:18 PM