POLITICS

Saskatchewan premier wonders if teens should get break on paying union dues

05/04/2012 10:54 EDT | Updated 07/04/2012 05:12 EDT
REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he is not breaking an election campaign promise by suggesting teenagers or other groups should not have to pay union dues.

During last fall's campaign, Wall sent a message on Twitter stating that the government would not consider allowing people to opt out of paying union dues.

The issue surfaced Thursday in the legislature as the Opposition NDP debated the Saskatchewan Party government about its plans to overhaul provincial labour laws.

Wall says he's not contradicting his earlier statement, but argues that the issue the public will be consulted on during the overhaul is whether certain groups, such as teens, should be exempted from paying dues.

Terry Parker, with the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council, says Wall's suggestion caught him off guard.

Park says there’s no logical argument for exempting teens. (CJME)