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Private and Public sector Unions - Canada


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- Union dues
- Union dues purpose
- Pensions
- Issues
a) new members
b) pension funding
c) Arbitration
- Lobbying government
a) Election campaigns
b) Government policies/regulations
c) compensation/Pensions/Benefits
- Oversight

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Private and Public sector Unions - Canada

  1. 1. Private and Public Unions - Canada By: Paul Young, CPA, CGA
  2. 2. Disclaimer • This presentation is one opinion on unions
  3. 3. Paul Young - Presenter Bio • CPA/CGA • 25 years of experience in Academia, Industry and Financial solutions • Youtube Channel -
  4. 4. Agenda • Union dues • Union dues purpose • Pensions • Issues • Lobbying • Oversight
  5. 5. Union Dues • Union dues are a regular payment of money made by members of unions. Dues are the cost of membership; they are used to fund the various activities which the union engages in. Nearly all unions require their members to pay dues.
  6. 6. What does your dues fund? • Your dues pay for experienced staff, including specialists in bargaining, grievance handling, pensions, pay equity, benefits, health and safety, human rights, communications, education, research, organizing and more. • Your dues pay for a network of regional offices and membership centres, bringing OPSEU resources to communities across Ontario. • Your dues pay for all member expenses, including travel, accommodation and meals for bargaining, grievance hearings, education, conventions and conferences. Your Local doesn’t have to cover any of the essential “big ticket” items. • Your dues pay for skills training so you and your co-workers can run an effective Local and participate in the decisions affecting the union. • Your dues allow you to book off members to do union work without losing pay. • Your dues pay for skilled representation if your employer violates your contract.
  7. 7. Pension Funding - Private Sector and Public Sector Unions
  8. 8. Pension Funding - Private Sector and Public Sector Unions More than 1,500 Chrysler retirees turned out Wednesday to learn about chang es to their benefits package — changes that officials say are vital to preserving the trust fund.
  9. 9. Issues facing Unions • Members living longer • Low market returns on pension funds • Less new members
  10. 10. Unions and Election Support • Election lobbying CBC Article
  11. 11. Union Oversight • Bill 377 – Conservative Party of Canada • Scrapped by the Liberal Party of Canada Justin Trudeau oversight and transparent Government Our country faces many real and immediate challenges – from a struggling middle class to the threat of climate change. If we are to overcome these obstacles, Canadians need to have faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen. That is why we committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in Ottawa. Government and its information must be open by default. Simply put, it is time to shine more light on government to make sure it remains focused on the people it was created to serve – you - See more at: trudeaus-open-letter- canadians#sthash.eenCEsm2.dpuf