Public service unions worry whether they can survive government campaigns

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By Kathryn May, the Ottawa Citizen, 9 October 2012

Poilievre, the scrappy Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has pledged to get his Tory colleagues on board his campaign to make union dues optional for members of the federal public service.

The move would effectively scrap “union security” and eliminate the Rand Formula, a long-standing practice that requires employers to deduct union dues from the paycheques of workers whether they belong to a union or not. (...)

It’s a move that would upset more than 60 years of labour law and practices in Canada. And there’s little doubt it would seriously weaken unions as a voice for employees in the workplace and as political opponents to government. (...)

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