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    1. Adam,

      We have been approached by a group that is running a crowd funding effort to help pay for things like consultants and lawyers. The decertification process in Ontario is unbelievably complicated and employees often have no way to get real help. This is legal and unions will hate it.

      If you (or any readers) would like to learn about how this might work, send us a note, just like you did for this comment.

    1. No, not all unions are bad, some are necessary and even helpful.

      Most of them are not what they once were though. Many have become businesses and political engines that power careers and interests that the dues paying members have no interest in, or might even be opposed to. Groups of employees bargaining to improve working conditions are what a union “collective” is supposed to do. Too often the “Business” unions sell promises to an unknowing workforce. They are not required by any law to keep the promises they make and if enough people at a workplace trusts the union and “certifies” it, this traps that workforce into the union. These “certifications” are almost impossible for a workforce to leave and the union will aggressively fight even a huge majority support for “decertifying” a union. No one can help the employees, they are on that road by themselves.

      Worse, some unions will work with the employer directly, intimately. They work to keep wages low and corporate profitability high. These unions will have clauses in the collective agreement that require the employer to pay the union money, directly. The union tells the employees that the employer is removing some of the cost burden from them, while bargaining away that money from the employees and into their own bank account. The UFCW is a good example of this sort of union but there are many more.

      If you feel you need the protection of a union we encourage you to figure out how to make one of your own, or approach a small union that has experience representing your sort of work, whatever that is. If you are already are in a union, ask yourself: Have you met your union President? Have you met your union treasurer and seen your union’s finances? How much control do you actually have of “Your Union”?

      If you want to get rid of your union, or want to form your own, it is all possible but you have to do it yourselves. The business unions will fight you, your employer might fight you and certainly can’t support you and even the labour boards in Canada won’t help you.

      Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions. Be sure and say what Province and industry you are in, it changes the answers a lot.

      Thanks for the Question Bob and good luck.

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