It has been described as cynical, corrupt and dangerous. It has been opposed by unions coast to coast to coast, the Canadian Bar Association, academics and seven provinces. Even the association representing players in the NHL is against it.
Still, the Canadian Senate, this week, shut down debate and imposed the passage of Bill C-377, a law that forces labour unions to disclose how they spend their money.
Unions will now have to disclose any spending of $5,000 or more, in addition to other expenditures. The Canada Revenue Agency will publically post the information on its website.
It’s a frightening infringement on privacy, as many have told us. Salaries, disability payments and medical expenses – along with names of individuals who received them - have the potential to be disclosed to the public.
There are even more reasons this bill is bad for union members:
The labour movement is planning next steps. We’ll communicate them out to you at a later date.