Corporations are private institutions... Should they too have opportunity to not report?
Yes legally. It's not only churches, but many "charities" are involved in political movements
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And certainly should a corporation choose to report, then of course the report ought to be true and factual and not misleading.
But who would want to invest in a union? However, while I think it's reasonable for a corporation, whether for-profit or not, to exist, unions are just a nuisance mostly and so I think they should not be given any more power than your average NGO. In other words, if you strike, you break your contract and you're fired or at least reprimanded.
Interesting thing about union pension funds is that they are strongly ANTI union in their investments. Timberwest, in which the Ontario teachers have or had a significant holding fired all their union logging crews and contracted it out to the lowest bidders. Also closed ALL their Canadian mills and sell almost exclusively to the US log market.
Nope. It simply opens up seats for non-union apprentices at SIAST. Why should either have to wait for an open seat due to a Govt that drags it's *** on funding and keeping up with tech? Those stuck at SIAST won't have the same hi-quality training that the union does.
So, this is an investment by the union in a niche market.... I'd wager that the unions will also benefit 2-fold by acting as both the principle as well as the client relative to this facility.
In terms of the actual development of a training facility(s); I would suggest that it is the duty of private business and industry before it falls onto the shoulders of gvt
You should be fully aware that skilled labour is a tough find these days in Western Canada. It's insane that training facilities can't meet demand.
It's niche? Tradesmen straight across the board are in high demand.
If there was a dollar to be made, then the private sector would get involved.
Let's be honest here, either one of us could get the financing in place to develop and operate this facility if we had a ling-term contract in place for a customer base.
The union did the smart thing and did exactly that with themselves being the 'client'... It's smart business
I agree, but the catch for private business is that offering an affordable training platform is difficult unless you have some form of security for the monies that will be spent.
Based on the nature of the investment into the facility, yes, it is a niche especially from the standpoint that the union will benefit greatly through increased membership (and dues, etc)
Make no mistake - I am not bashing unions here.
Ahhhhh..... Lemme guess; to put a definitive end to groups that pose as non-profit and/or charities when in fact, thay are lobby groups that seek to influence gvt for the benefit of their clients?
That sound about right?
Nope. As has already been determined, the rules are already in place for charities that donate to political parties. As for non-profit and/or charities that simply lobby, there are lots that do that and the Conservatives don't seem to be interested in any of them, only the unions.
In the immortal words of Chris Berman...C'mon Man!! You're smarter than that. Let's not pretend this isn't the CPC attacking unions because the don't like them.
It's not that simple. Since union dues are tax deductible, the government sees no difference between them and donations to the CNIB...at least in theory. They've been looking the other way when it comes to unions. Unions could set up their own funds which anybody could donate to (without a tax receipt) and use that for their politicking.
One of the nastiest fights in years in the House of Commons is coming to a head as Members of Parliament prepare for a vote on the Conservatives’ bid to force labour unions to publicly disclose extensive internal information. The contentious legislation, which opponents see as an attempt to use the Canada Revenue Agency for an attack on 4.3 million union members and the government’s political foes, has been brought forward as a private member’s bill by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert.
Legislation from backbenchers is often a lonely quest with little chance of passage into law. But Hiebert has Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his side. The Prime Minister’s office is helping the British Columbia MP rewrite Bill C-377 to modify measures that have touched off an unusual outpouring of concern from Canadians.
While Hiebert has acknowledged the need to improve the bill, the new version that is expected to be rolled out in a few days is unlikely to douse opposition to C-377 or cool the antagonism it has unleashed.
“This is not the innocuous musings of an individual backbench MP,” New Democrat MP Pat Martin said. “This is a well-structured assault on trade union rights.”
MPs clash over Bill C-377 to force public disclosures by labour unions - thestar.com
he never battles openly and bravely in public.. but uses sordid tricks to implement his dirty work.