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