Do you belong to a union? Ever wonder where all your union dues go?
Soon, you’ll be able to look it up online.
The bill, first introduced by White Rock Conservative backbencher Russ Hiebert four years ago, passed in the Senate Tuesday.
The bill requires unions to publicly disclose all transactions over $5000 and any salary over $100, 000, and give that information to Canada Revenue Agency, which will post it online.
President of the BC Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, says it violates privacy laws.
“We don’t believe that this legislation is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the rights of unions, so we’ll be challenging it.”
That sentiment echoed by BC Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer, who voted against the bill.
“I have no doubt it will be in court tomorrow. I’m exaggerating. I think its six month to implement. This bill will not see the light of day, because it’s such a bad bill, oh my god, such a bad bill.”
But Hiebert says it will “usher in an era of transparency and accountability for Canadians unions.”