Wednesday, May 30, 2007

International unions provide better benefits, training, safety

read full text: Daily Commercial News - Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,
I would like to comment on the position taken by the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in a letter to the editor that appeared in Daily Commercial News on May 22, 2007.
The views expressed by the representative of CLAC are humorous but also very misleading and must be corrected.

In the letter, CLAC is presented as a legitimate alternative to the long-established international building trades unions. In reality, however, CLAC merely plays hand-maiden to employers by negotiating employer-specific agreements and lumping all trades into one contract.

Traditional building trades unions like the Operating Engineers, Boilermakers and Carpenters, to name just a few, have solid reputations and track records of representing workers, providing proper training for apprentices and working towards better health and safety.

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