Independent Union Confederation Fights Harper’s Anti-Labour Bill C-377 : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Independent Union Confederation Fights Harper’s Anti-Labour Bill C-377

May 22, 2012

Independent Union Confederation Fights Harper’s Anti-Labour Bill C-377
Conservative MP Russ Hiebert

Toronto, Canada (RPRN) 05/22/12 — A national union confederation is preparing for a major fight against a Conservative Private Member’s Bill that will radically increase the administration costs of managing a union and interfere with the private, internal activities of democratic organizations.
 
The Confederation of Canadian Unions, the largest federation of independent unions in the country, says that Bill C-377, put forth by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert (South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale), will create a burden that smaller, independent unions simply can’t handle.
 
Bill C-377, an act to amend the Income Tax Act, will require all labour organizations to make exceedingly detailed annual financial reports covering a range of expenses.  
 
“Independent unions, some of which have under 50 members and one staff person, will in no way be able to fulfill these new obligations,” says CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett.  “They don’t have the expertise in accounting to manage this, nor will be able to afford to hire the necessary personnel to do so.”  
 
Mathieu Ravignat, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, says that Bill C-377 will create approximately 17.5 million hours of paperwork for unions throughout the country, and each of them will need an average of 700 hours of work annually to comply with the requirements.
 
Pritchett wrote a letter to Prime Minister Harper, Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt and Hiebert, warning that the bill is a direct attack on the independence of unions.
 
The bill also stipulates a $1,000 a day fine for

Independent Union Confederation Fights Harper’s Anti-Labour Bill C-377
CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett
late filing, which Pritchett argues is “completely out of range for the finances that smaller unions in Canada have.”  
 
“Many independent unions actually have to rely on volunteers to carry out the day to day administration of their organization,” she says.  
 
The authors of Bill C-377 argue that any organization in Canada which enjoys a tax exemption must report their finances so that taxpayers can assess the value of such exemptions.  Yet Bill C-377 only applies to labour unions.  
 
“What about corporations or other organizations?” asks CCU Vice-President John Hanrahan.  “Many of them engage in political activity, advocacy and lobbying, and benefit from billions of dollars of tax credits, deductions and other loopholes.  Will oil companies and banks also have to meticulously detail their finances like unions will have to?”
 
The CCU, like other unions in Canada, already imposes stringent constitutional requirements on all financial activities, many of which are even subject to a democratic vote by the union's executive.  
 
“The federal government, instead of imposing another bureaucratic interference on labour unions,” says Pritchett, “should instead re-focus its energy on job creation and ensuring that the rights of workers everywhere, whether in a unions or not, are protected.”    
 
CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett is available for media interviews.  Please contact the number below.
 
###
 
Contact: Joanie Cameron Pritchett, CCU President
416.736.5109
jcpritchett@ccu-csc.ca
www.ccu-csc.ca

Media Contact Name: Joanie Cameron Pritchett
Media E-mail:
Media Phone: 416.736.5109
Media Web Address: http://www.ccu-csc.ca
Main image credits: canoe.ca
Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: BANKING AND FINANCIAL NEWS, Career/job/work, CANADIAN NEWS, Politics, PRESS RELEASE

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Newborn Foundation Featured on Global Health Panel at Annual Patient Safety Science and Technology Summit

SAINT PAUL, MN and IRVINE, CA-- 01/23/15 ·  - The Newborn Foundation, an international nonprofit leveraging medical...

Cape Coral Waterfront Estate Known as “The UPS House” to be Sold at February 10th Absolute Auction

Fort Myers, Florida 01/21/15 · Truck Driver Turned Executive Selling Florida Riverfront Dream...

Studio One selects Visual 2000 End2End Suite of Fashion Business Solutions

LONDON, UK 01/20/15 · Visual 2000 International announces manufacturer Studio One  are...

CPD Seminar: How Skill Trade Workers Will be Effected by Express Entry

Vancouver, BC - 01/19/15 · Ashton College Announces Seminar Addressing Express Entry - New...

Dr. Ken Pool, IT Pioneer, dead at 62, leaves a rich legacy in health data standards and public health

ARLINGTON, TX 01/17/15 · With deep sadness  OZ Systems announces the sudden passing...

Dr. Ken Pool, Founder and Chairman of Dallas-based OZ Systems, Dies at 62

ARLINGTON, TX 01/16/15 · It is with deep sadness that OZ Systems announces...

Real Estate Auction – Is It Right for You?

Charlotte, NC 01/12/15 · Luxury homeowners looking to sell their estates face...

Philippines to Host Largest Crowd in Human History

Manila, Philippines 01/12/15 · The largest gathering of humans ever recorded will...

First Dedicated Canadian Bitcoin Price Index Launched

Vancouver, BC 01/08/15 · The Canadian Bitcoin Index (CBIX) created by Vancouver...

OnServe & Learning Brick has expanded to Niagara/Southwestern ON.

Kingston, ON 01/06/15 · Onserve is your trusted IT services company in...

Music Host Network Wants Writers Now!

LOS ANGELES 01/06/15 · The Music Host Network, a music media site...

Identify genuine web traffic from bots and botnets

SAN FRANCISCO 01/06/15 · As a provider of high-quality web traffic, Traffic...

Author Manfred Popp publishes - You can do what I did: lose weight, improve your health, stay fit -

Gaimersheim / Germany 01/06/15 · New book from author Manfred Popp about Weight...