But, on the other hand, former UBC Politcal Science Professor, Philip Resnick said “that won’t fly,” because “there’s nothing unconstitutional about it.”
Though there is a right to assemble, the legislation is completely legal, he adds.
Despite the hoorah of private and public unions, they don’t have the same bargaining power as in the past according to Resnick.
“To be blunt, they weren’t exactly welcomed with open arms. there was alot of resistance,” said Resnick. “When the war came along, the second World War, that generally was a situation which labour shortages were much more common.”
He states that due to the complications of the war effort, the industrial sector was propped up to having stronger power over the government.
“They generally didn’t strike. But they were able to pressure the federal government to legislate in ways that were more favourable for them.” – Philip Resnick, Former UBC Political Science Professor
Post war unions were in a period of social change that created a stronger basis to demand for a greater social welfare system, said Resnick.