American-style labour laws would drive down Canadian wages – new report

March 27, 2013

A new report from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights says American-style “right to work” laws would drive down Canadian wages by weakening workers and their unions.

As Sunny Freeman of Huffington Post describes it, “the research report called “Unions Matter,” released Wednesday by the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights, raises the alarm about what it sees as a growing interest in American-style right-to-work laws among Conservative politicians in Canada. … The erosion of labour rights should be troublesome for all Canadians as declining rates of union participation have been accompanied by a rise in income inequality over the same period, the authors say.”

The report shows that where workers’ union rights have been scaled back, wages have declined for all workers. 

Read more at the Huffington Post.