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Let's Build Fairness

Almost half of Canadians say they’re worried about not having enough income to cover their expenses.

Canada’s unionized workers have been on the forefront of the fight for fairness in the workplace. Together, these workers won many of the rights we enjoy today: Fairer wages, safer workplaces, job training, weekends and paid vacation. They didn’t do it just for unionized workers – they did it for all workers.

We’re still fighting for an economy that works for all Canadians. Together, we can make the economy work for everyone.

Canadians increasingly feel like the economy is rigged in favour of the super-rich.

Even with unemployment at lows not seen since the 1970s, wages are stagnant. Since the 1980s, the bottom half of Canadians have seen their real earnings shrink, while incomes for the top 1% have more than doubled.

The decline in wages coincides with a decline in unionization. From 1981 to 2014, unionization rates in Canada fell from 37.6% to 28.8%.

Supporting the labour movement means supporting fairness.

While great progress has been made over the past four years in rolling back policies which harmed Canadian workers, more can be done to support the middle class and help Canadian workers thrive in the secure, well-paying jobs that level the economic playing field.

Unionized workers benefit from the power of collective organization. Workers in a union tend to enjoy higher wages than those not in a union, along with access to the better wages and benefits which can make the difference between living paycheque to paycheque and moving solidly into the middle class.

Now more than ever, Canada’s government must support the transformative power of unions, especially in the building trades, and recognize that jobs in the unionized building trades are good jobs Canadians can build a future with.

That’s not the way things should be in Canada.

That’s why we need leaders who want to build an economy that’s fair for all Canadians, not just those at the top.

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