Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) requires labour organizations to file with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) a set of statements setting out all transactions and disbursements over $5,000 including the purpose and description of all transactions and the specific amount received.
The purpose of this legislation is not to make unions more accountable but rather an effort to open the financial records of unions to those who oppose unions and their efforts to protect their members. The legislation targets and seeks to hamper a union’s ability to advocate for fair laws for their members and ability to elect representative who will work for the interests of their members. It is an attack on unions by the right-wing and will allow special interest groups like the Retail Council of Canada, Merit Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to obtain information on unions and attempt to exploit this information. It will cost Canadians millions of dollars to create and maintain a website to store this information. Information that is already available to all union members.
Bill C-377 passed 3rd and Final reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
The Bill has now been referred to the Senate for study. The Bill was introduced in the Senate on Thursday, December 13. It will have 2nd Reading and referred to Committee for review when the Senate resumes sitting on January 28th, 2013.
If you wish to contact a Senator(s) to express your opposition to Bill C-377, click here for contact information for each Senator.
As well, below are stories written by Michael Gallagher, Business Manager Local 793 and Steven Schumann, Canadian Government Affairs Director, IUOE.
The Unfairness of Bill C-377
Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
December 3, 2012
Response Letter to Merit Column
October 22, 2012