In his first week on the job Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Canadian Labour Congress. The CLC represents 3.3 million unionized workers including IBEW System Council No. 11 members. It was the first time in more than 50 years a sitting prime minister spoke to the CLC’s executive.
“Union leaders peppered the prime minister with questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) and veterans issues. They also reiterated their desire to see an inquiry called into the country’s indigenous women and girls who have vanished or been killed,” Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress told the Huffington Post on November 10, 2015.
In one of its first acts the new government killed the Harper government’s anti-union Bill C-377 by eliminating the reporting rules required under it.
“C-377 was a direct way of saying: ‘the internal affairs of a union are not the internal affairs of the union. It’s pretty clear that [C-377] was a way to…use the state to interfere in the affairs of labour unions, in democratic organizations [and] highlight the type of political work they do.” Charles Smith, at the University of Saskatchewan, told Rabble.ca on January 13, 2016.
So far, so good.