* Status: Bill C-377 is in the Senate; it will be considered in fall 2014 *
Bill C-377 is a private members' bill that will force every union, every union local, every local labour council, every federation of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress to file intrusive financial reports that will be posted on a public website for every employer to see. PSAC believes that Bill C-377 is discriminatory and unconstitutional and is working with the Canadian Labour Congress to fight against it.
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Bill C-377 would require all unions and each of their locals, area councils, etc. to disclose detailed financial information, salaries, supplier contracts, loans, accounts receivables, investments, and spending on organizing, collective bargaining, education and training, lobbying and all political activities.
The requirements are so detailed and so broad that the Canadian Labour Congress estimates that it will take the average local union 200 to 400 hours annually to prepare the returns at significant cost to local unions' treasuries. This Bill singles out labour organizations only; the Bill does not apply any other dues deducting professional organizations.
The bill would also invade the personal privacy of individual Canadians and is likely unconstitutional. Indeed, Canada’s federal Privacy Commissioner (see above) also said that the bill would invade personal privacy and overreaches in its intent.
The Bill is being supported by such anti-union groups as the Fraser Institute, the Merit Shop Contractors and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business because they want access to this information to utilize when combatting organizing drives.