Think tank proposes labour relations refit

Quebec certification rules allegedly limit investment, growth
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/26/2009

A research paper released this month by the Montreal Economic Institute places some of the blame for the current economic woes in Quebec on the ability of unions in that province to certify bargaining units based on a card check rather than a secret ballot. The province is one of five jurisdictions cited in the paper (with federal, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) as permitting union certification based on union membership cards signed by employees alone. All provinces allow certification after votes.

The report stresses what it calls a “level playing field” allowing Quebec companies to compete more effectively with their counterparts in jurisdictions where labour laws do not contain the “relative pro-union bias” those in Quebec display.