There were 4,562,800 union members working throughout Canada in 2011, over 31% of all employees. Their weekly payroll of $4.38 billion accounted for 35.6% of the total for the entire country.[1]

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On average, unionized workers earned $5.11/hour more than non-union employees. That union advantage translated into over $793 million more every week paid into local economies to support local businesses and community services.[2]

Think about this, $ 793 million worth of disposable income each week. This would be $ 41 billion dollars over the course of each year. This grows communities, supports local businesses, and builds the Canadian economy.

In addition, because unions negotiate decent benefits beyond what might be covered under provincial health insurance plans for their employees, this means more people are visiting dentists, optometrists,physiotherapists and other professionals. These professionals earn additional income as a result. This additional income gets spent in the local communities.

This is a cyclical benefit - it isn't one which ends. Unless the unions themselves end.

Check out the Union Advantage in a Canadian city near you.
  1. ^ CLC; August 21, 2012
  2. ^ CLC; August 21, 2012