Attitudes, legislation make organizing more difficult

Move to secret ballot votes after union card sign-up has frustrated certification drives
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/26/2011

In a poll reported last week, the majority of Canadian workers said they believe unions have a positive impact on the workplace, but they’re not that keen on joining one.

One in two workers (52 per cent) believe unions are still relevant but nearly six in 10 say they wouldn’t opt for a union if they had the choice, according to the survey commissioned by the Canadian LabourWatch Association.

The results are not surprising to Sara Slinn, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.