Unions hobbled by passage of C-377

The latest victory of business-funded politics was recorded last week when the Harper Conservatives passed Bill C-377 aimed at hobbling the ability of trade unions to participate in public life.Bill C-377 rests on the proposition that because trade union dues are deductible from income reported by trade unionists at tax time, use of the money received as dues by unions needs to be fully disclosed in elaborated and detailed regular reports.

UBC Faculty Association rejects offer

The University tabled an across-the-board (ATB) offer of 1.95% and 1.90%. The Faculty Association rejected this offer, saying that it would simply not allow catch up with settlements at major comparator universities, principally the University of Toronto, but would in fact result in faculty salaries at UBC falling further behind.  A counter offer was made, which the University rejected.