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  • Ed power
    December 19, 2012 - 05:28

    Mr Dube, I'm sure that in the interest of full transparency and disclosure, the Merit Contractors Association will be only too happy to open their books so that we can see the source(s) of their income, Income Tax statements, itemized tax breaks, how much they raise, how much they spend on government lobbying efforts and political contributions, and exactly how much is spent on employee compensation, benefits, and training and development. Forgive me, if I won't hold my breathe waiting.

  • a business man
    December 18, 2012 - 16:56

    POLITICALLY INCORRECT - I voted for the conservatives both provincially and federally. I am happy that the right of unions are being taken away slice by slice. You are correct in that eliminating mandatory contributions will hurt the ability of unions to operate, and that is precisely why I support it. And I actually have a shop in Bangladesh. It is one of my most profitable operations.

  • Politically Incorret
    December 18, 2012 - 10:57

    1) My union issues a year-end financial statement and sends it to all their workers. Everyone from the Union president to the shop steward has to be elected by the membership. 2) What unions receive from the government is a pittance compared to the tax breaks, bail-outs and, subsidies to the corporate sector, yet where is their accountability? 3) Unions work for their members; not just in helping them receive decent wages and benefits, but in setting workplace health and safety standards and protecting them from abusive employers. 4) Without mandatory contributions unions would be unable to operate and the right-wing knows this very well. If membership fees should be voluntary would you also suggest that taxes be voluntary too? With no unions there would be no counterweight to the power and influence of big business. The working conditions for which we've fought for the past 150 years would be taken away slice by slice. And the effect would be felt just as keenly by the non-unionized worker who enjoys a standard of living they would never have had had the labour movement not been able to push for safe working conditions, 40-hour work week, the CPP, minimum wages, and other things workers take for granted. Your Alberta-based Association represents and is directed by bosses with no worker input. How many workers are on your Board of Directors and how were you chosen to be the executive director? Have you thought of opening up shop in Bangladesh?

    • david
      December 18, 2012 - 14:05

      Baaaaaaa....