Members of Parliament are debating Bill C-377 today with a vote likely on Dec. 12 to pass the bill. This bill will demand that every union and every union local will have to file detailed financial reports to be posted on a public website.
The bill is a violation of privacy rights and a big waste of money.
The Canadian Bar Association and the Privacy Commissioner have said that this bill will invade personal privacy. And it’s estimated it will cost as much cost $20 million to implement. What’s more the bill singles out labour organizations and does not apply to any other dues-deducting professional organizations.
Unions are democratic organizations accountable to their members. We post our financial statements on our website. This bill is unnecessary and should be stopped in its tracks.
For more information on this bill please read CUPE’s submission to the Standing Committee on Finance.