MP calls for secret ballots

Private member’s bill from Tory backbencher would require mandatory secret votes for union certification, decertification
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/18/2013

A federal Conservative backbencher MP has introduced a private member’s bill that would call for a mandatory secret vote when certifying or decertifying a union.

Blaine Calkins, the representative for the Alberta riding of Wetaskiwin, introduced the bill in the House of Commons on June 5.

“Bill C-525 would provide necessary amendments to the certification and decertification of a bargaining agent by way of a mandatory secret ballot vote based on a majority,” he said. “For far too long the federal legislation has lagged behind that of our provincial counterparts, and workers deserve the right to have a secret ballot vote to decide who represents them at the bargaining table.”