Labour initiates new protocol against raiding

CLC develops process to deal with complaints of disaffected union members
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2011

In a sign of the times for trade unions in Canada, organized labour leaders have agreed on a new protocol to deal with the contentious issue of raiding.

CAW president, Ken Lewenza, said the executive council of the Canadian Labour Congress has developed a “respectful” process to handle complaints of “predatory” raiding — instances where outside unions launch a major campaign to win over unhappy workers.

“That’s not appropriate in today’s times,” he said. “Union density is in decline and that’s a threat to the stability of organized labour. We should be using our resources to organize the unorganized rather than kicking the hell out of each other.”