Ontario Conservatives’ labour reform proposals criticized

Union leader charges Opposition is playing politics in labour relations recommendations
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2012

Labour reform is needed in Ontario but not necessarily in the manner proposed by the province’s Progressive Conservatives in a recently released white paper, says Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Labour Federation.

“They’re trying to couch this as a policy paper under the guise of creating a more ‘flexible’ workforce,” he says. “It’s not.”

The proposals would allow employees in a unionized workplace the option of not becoming a union member or paying union dues. The reforms would also see unions, not employers, collect those dues, and amend the province’s labour laws to allow a secret ballot in all certification votes. Unions would also be obliged to disclose how much money they take in and where they spend it.