Free Choice in the Use of Union Dues

The Rand formula forces employees to pay dues. This fact is …

Resolution #74: Free Choice in the Use of Union Dues (Official French version)

The Rand formula forces employees to pay dues. This fact is justified because all unionized employees, union members or not, benefit from the union's negotiation of the collective agreement.

Unionized workers forced to pay union dues, however, should have the right to demand that their dues not be used to finance activities other than direct representation related to union negotiations and the administration of their collective agreement. It's interesting to note that the CNTU has already taken a step in this direction by instituting in its charter that union dues can't be used to support a political party.

A CPQ government will protect the rights and freedoms of unionized members by limiting their obligation to pay union dues to that portion only that is used exclusively for the negotiation and the administration of labour conditions.

Thus, union campaigns based on political or ideological grounds will now be funded by voluntary contributions from union members rather than being covered by the Rand formula.