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Along with the call for the Government of Saskatchewan to slow down its overhaul of labour laws through Bill 85, Tom Graham highlights the financial burden new accounting rules will have on union locals in an article appearing in today’s Star Phoenix and Leader-Post.

CUPE Saskatchewan’s president points out that small union locals – some as small as seven members or less – will actually be required to borrow money to comply with Bill 85’s requirement for audited financial statements.

He also challenged the government’s reasons to impose accounting rules on unions given that regular reporting of financial information to union members is already being done by union locals and financial check-and-balances, like elected union trustees, have been in place for years.

It is expected that Bill 85 will be rushed through the spring session of the legislature, which begins March 4 and concludes May 16.