The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

September 25, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute Hosts Discussion on Forced Union Membership and the Use of Union Dues for Political Purposes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - Unionized workers in Europe cannot be forced to join a union in order to get or keep a job and they are not obligated to pay union dues that can be used for political purposes, says Jan Sodergren, a Swedish human rights lawyer whose work has advanced the rights of employees throughout the European Union.

But that's not the case for Canadian workers.

Join Sodergren for a discussion on the practice of forced union memberships and collection of dues for political purposes at a Fraser Institute luncheon in Toronto on Thursday, September 27.

Given worldwide trends to ensure that union memberships and dues are a free choice, Sodergren argues that it may be time for change in Canada's labour laws.

Sodergren specializes in labour and constitutional law. He is a well-known speaker and author of numerous legal articles related to constitutional reform and human rights.

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Time: 11:45 am-1:30 pm

(Sodergren will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of

Location: Osler, Hoskin, & Harcourt
1 First Canadian Place, 72nd Floor Boardroom
Toronto, Ontario

Interested media are invited to attend.

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