Speak Out Against Union Busting "Right to Work" Proposals

December 10, 2012, 4:35 PM EST


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CAW locals and activists must fight back against proposals for union busting "right-to-work" laws in several Canadian jurisdictions that threaten to undermine the foundations of the labour movement, CAW President Ken Lewenza urged.

CAW Council delegates voted unanimously to mobilize against these proposals which would threaten the Rand Formula that CAW members first fought for in 1945-46.

Chief Justice Ivan Rand of the Supreme Court of Canada included a provision in his arbitration decision of a dispute between Ford and the United Auto Workers - Canada in 1945 that required employers to deduct union dues from all employees in a bargaining unit.

Today anti-union, Conservative politicians such as Brad Wall in Saskatchewan, Conservative leader Tim Hudak in Ontario and Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre in the federal jurisdiction are proposing American style "right to work" laws, mirroring what has happened in 23 U.S. states

Rick Snyder, the Republican Governor of Michigan, is attempting to push through "right to work" legislation in the state which is being opposed by Michigan Democrats, the labour movement and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Workers from across Michigan and across the U.S. are being asked to gear up for a Day of Action in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday, December 11 when a final vote is expected. Supporters are being asked to show support for Michigan's working families by wearing RED on Dec. 10, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Share this photo on your Facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559524660728805&set=a.206629149351693.63714.206372732710668&type=1 

Lewenza blasted Governor Synder and the Republicans who are pushing "right-to-work" laws. In Canada he said the Conservatives are following the same anti-union, anti-worker, anti-job and anti-job security agenda. He urged the labour movement to fight back.

"They must stand up in Michigan in defense of union security, good wages, good jobs and good opportunities," Lewenza said. It is the labour movement that raises workers out of poverty. The labour movement established the middle class which allowed us to buy the homes, the cars and the consumer goods that build our communities."

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