Canada’s Rand Formula

This documentary video covers the historic compromise in 1946 that ended a 99-day strike by the United Auto Workers Local 200 in Windsor, ON. Mr Justice Ivan Rand of the Supreme Court of Canada arbitrated the dispute. His creative award instituted a new form of union security: union dues are collected from every member of the bargaining unit whether or not they belong to the union when a majority have voted to join the union.

This award included a price for unions: it outlawed strikes during the life of a collective agreement and insisted on a secret ballot prior to strike action.

This documentary traces the evolution of this uniquely Canadian approach, generally known as the Rand Formula, to modern Canadian Labour law.