Partner Organizations

Topic: Unions Matter

They fight for fairness for all


LIFE GETS BETTER FOR EVERYONE wherever and whenever unions are strong. Studies prove it.

Studies prove when unions win higher pay the wages of all workers rise—even for those not in unions.

Studies also prove overall life gets better because of union activity. The more unions there are in a country the more government does to protect human and civil rights and the more it uses taxes to provide social benefits to everyone—regardless of income level.

Unions successfully fought to expand the Canada Pension Plan in 2016, and as a result all workers will see their CPP benefits increase in the future.

It was the strength of unions that gave us all Medicare, unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and safer workplaces. Today unions in Canada are fighting for universal Pharmacare for all Canadians.

Union membership reflects how much Canadians value fairness: the more we value fairness the more unions thrive; the more unions thrive the closer we come to fairness for all.

This month in labour rights history

The Supreme Court of Canada released its Dunmore decision against the section of the Ontario Labour Relations Act, which excluded agricultural workers from joining a union. The Court held that more...

December 20, 2001

In Quotes

Legislating workers back to work instead of letting the process of collective bargaining unfold simply creates bad labour relations and does not resolve issues that can only be solved through negotiation. more...

Judy Fudge, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria,