What is raiding? What's the impact of raiding?

• Raiding is when a union tries to increase its membership by targeting workers who are already in another union, instead of organizing workers who don’t have one.

• Raiding is not supported by the Canadian Labour Congress because it destroys solidarity and weakens the labour movement.

• Unions charged with raiding face serious consequences, including being expelled from provincial and national labour federations and local labour councils.

• In 2010, BCNU was expelled from the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress and local labour councils. And they are no longer welcome to participate in several important community organizations.

• They can’t count on the support of other  unions at critical points like during bargaining or job action.

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