UNION SECURITY CLAUSES AND THE RIGHT TO WORK
AbstractThe recent decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in Kuzych v. White raises several questions about compulsory union membership. This article deals only with some of the non-legal and quasi-legal aspects of the case, involving the broader issue of union membership as a condition of employment. The author examines the practical, social and political implications of the “closed shop,” the contractual device that makes the right to work at a trade or for a particular employer conditional upon becoming and remaining a member in good standing of a designated union. He argues that the right to earn a living is too important to be nullified by a private contract between an employer and a union.
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