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He said he would be especially concerned if the government makes it easier for employees to form a union, without needing a ratification vote. "I think what has to be understood is the workers' right to work needs to be protected also. "Whenever we move forward with systems and procedures that possibly don't give the workers an opportunity to understand all of the ramifications with signing a card, we have to be careful with that." Amber Ruddy, director of provincial affairs for the CFIB, says it's not the time to be layering on new regulations for small business. (CFIB) The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says although its members support balanced labour laws, it wants to participate in any discussion before changes are made. Amber Ruddy, director of provincial affairs for the CFIB in Calgary, says if the government is considering a "modernization" of labour laws, they should be considered "thoughtfully and thoroughly." With 10,000 small and medium-sized employers, Ruddy says most don't have the benefit of administrative support or human resource departments to adjust to new rules or regulations. "If there are significant changes to any areas, vacation allowances, paid leave, any further requirements, we'd want to see those proposals come forward right away and have small business owners weigh in," Ruddy said. Many businesses are still struggling in a fragile economy, she added.  "It's not a great time to be layering on new costs and new regulations," Ruddy said. If the government does want to bring in "progressive" changes, it will face pushback, McGowan says. "There's no doubt that right-wingers and some in the employer community will claim that the sky is falling," he said.

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