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Labour history lunch-and-learn: Canada’s Rand Formula

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Have you ever heard labour activists talking about the Rand Formula and wondered what it is? The Workers’ History Museum has you covered!

In less than half an hour, this YouTube video tells the story of how a 99 day strike by auto workers in Windsor ended in a historic Supreme Court decision by Justice Ivan Rand.

It was a compromise: Union dues are collected by the employer and turned over to the union from everyone in the bargaining unit whether or not they’ve signed a union card (since everyone benefits from collective bargaining), while unions are banned from striking during the life of a collective agreement.

So grab some lunch, or get comfy tonight with a cup of tea, fire up the YouTube and enjoy this short documentary about a cornerstone of Canadian labour history.