These numbers will blow your mind and make you want to join a union
PressProgress (Broadbent Institute) August 18, 2014
A reader flagged this recent PressProgress post. It references data presumably from a recent Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) ‘report’, which the post is intended to promote. The data was obviously sourced from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS), which collects basic info on respondents’ immigration status, but not race / ethnicity. While the post mentions hourly wage differences for total and recent immigrants covered by collective agreements (but not necessarily union members), it doesn’t mention their respective coverage rates – although it does so for young workers (15%). Perhaps it was an oversight,..
Union Advantage 2014
Canadian Labour Congress August 18, 2014
Curiously, the referenced CLC ‘report’ doesn’t contain a single mention of immigrants (and obviously no mention of race / ethnicity). That’s despite the bizarre images on the CLC page promoting it; of the four young people (see previously mentioned youth coverage rate) photographed (Photoshopped) holding popsicles bearing pro-union messaging, two depict racial minority men.
Did CLC pull the immigrant information from Union Advantage 2014? We’ve inquired, but have yet to receive a response. Will update.
Aside, a search of the CLC site for “union advantage immigrants” returns two search results, neither relevant.
Apparently CLC excluded from Union Advantage 2014 the immigrant labour market data it paid StatsCan to produce; however some of that data was included in the PressProgress post intended to promote its release. As CLC explains it:
We thought pressprogress might have a broader reach for this, so we gave them the data by immigration status.
Which notably doesn’t explain why CLC chose to exclude the same data from the original ‘report’. A follow-up note from CLC:
We also translated the Union Advantage report into more languages this year – I think Mandarin and Arabic, and this is something we’ll be pushing to do more of / a better job with, in the future.
So now more recent Canadian immigrants can read in their first language CLC’s Union Advantage 2014, which excludes data on their labour market outcomes. Or they can read the English-only PressProgress post promoting it, which includes some of the data CLC paid for but inexplicably decided not to publish.