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Liberals to repeal Tory-backed bills on union finances, certification

Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says the legislation she will introduce is a signal of a new relationship with labour after almost a decade of rocky relations under the Conservatives.

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The federal government is moving to repeal two pieces of union-related legislation that angered organized labour.

Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says the legislation she will introduce is a signal of a new relationship with labour after almost a decade of rocky relations under the Conservatives.

Labour unions have wanted the government to overturn a law that changed how unions can certify and decertify, known as C-525, and another that required unions to reveal details of their spending to the Canada Revenue Agency, which would publicly post the information on its website.

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The Liberals neutralized the latter bill, known as C-377, in late December when the government waived requirements for unions to track spending.

Groups trying to unionize or any unions trying to decertify are still subject to the rules enacted by Bill C-525 until the new legislation passes.

The bill is assured passage in the House of Commons with a Liberal majority, but will face a stiff test from a Conservative-dominated Senate that passed the original measures.

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