The Supreme Court of Canada says belonging to and participating in a union is a fundamental human right. And like all human rights, labour rights make the world a fairer and more prosperous place.
For example, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that income inequality stunts economic growth. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says unions reduce income inequality.
So during this federal election, ask yourself why it’s so difficult for Canadians to join a union. Or why, when strikes are occasionally called, our governments are so quick to legislate Canadians back to work. Ask yourself if you think we can do better, or if we just have to keep on settling for less.