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Merit Canada lobbying to maintain secret ballot requirement for union certification: Sen. Runciman

By Derek Abma      

‘Given that individual workers now have the ability to vote by private ballot, it is a step backward to now want to remove that right in Bill C-4,’ says Merit Canada president Terrance Oakey.

Temple Scott Associates consultant Scott Munnoch lobbied Conservative Sen. Bob Runciman, pictured, about splitting up Bill C-4 and killing the part that repeals the requirement of federally regulated unions holding secret-ballot votes for union certification. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Merit Canada, a group representing non-unionized construction companies, has been lobbying Senators recently about reversing a Liberal government initiative to repeal a law requiring secret ballots for the certification and decertification of unions in federally regulated workplaces, according to one Senator who met with a representative for the organization.

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