B.C. teachers win decision on job action

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Description: The B.C. Labour Relations Board has dismissed an application by school employers to force teachers to fill out report cards, as a contract dispute continues. Source: The Victoria Times-Colonist Date: 11/30/2011 Link: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/teachers+score+battle+over+report+cards/5788212/story.html Related links: CBC story Story on talks breaking off Labour Relations Board decision (pdf) B.C. Teachers’ Federation B.C. Public School Employers’… Read more »

Zellers workers want to keep contract

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Description: Unionized workers at a B.C. Zellers want American retail giant Target to honour their collective agreement when it takes over their store next year. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 12/02/2011 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Zellers+staff+want+union+agreement+honoured/5800974/story.html Related links: Globe and Mail story Canadian Labour Reporter story Toronto Star story Zellers Target UFCW Questions for discussion: Why does the… Read more »

Expelled migrant workers sue

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Description: Three migrant farm workers are suing the federal government and their former employer after allegedly being thrown out of the country without explanation. Source: Globe and Mail Date: 11/24/2011 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/migrant-workers-sue-ottawa-and-farm-for-breaching-contract-charter-rights/article2248184/ Related links: CBC story UFCW Canada press release The law firm representing the workers, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP Tigchelaar Berry Farms Seasonal… Read more »

Brandon profs return to work

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Description: Students are heading back to class after professors at Brandon University accepted a tentative agreement. Source: Winnipeg Free Press Date: 11/28/2011 Link: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/bu-students-set-for-their-return-134579833.html Related links: Manitoba government orders profs to vote on final offer Dr. David Doorey on the strike CBC story Brandon University Brandon University Faculty Association Questions for discussion: What did the… Read more »

Female Canada Post workers win in Supreme Court

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Description: After a 28-year battle, female clerical workers at Canada Post have won a $150-million pay equity award. Source: The National Post Date: 11/17/2011 Link: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/17/after-28-year-pay-equity-fight-female-postal-workers-awarded-150-million/ Related links: The court’s decision CBC story Toronto Star story Public Service Alliance of Canada statement Canada Post Canadian Labour Congress resources on pay equity Questions for discussion: Whom… Read more »

Union won’t attend OFL convention

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Description: The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is boycotting the Ontario Federation of Labour convention. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 11/22/2011 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview?articleid=11783&headline=unions-boycott-ontario-federation-of-labour-convention Related links: Statement from OPSEU OPSEU home page OFL Toronto Star story about the OFL convention Press release advertising the convention Questions for discussion: What is the role of a provincial labour… Read more »

Speaker stops union disclosure bill

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Description: The Speaker of the House of Commons has ruled that a private member’s bill that would have forced unions to disclose financial information was improperly introduced. Source: Ottawa Citizen Date: 11/05/2011 Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Commons+speaker+derails+bill+that+sought+more+financial+information/5661040/story.html Related links: Canadian Labour Reporter story Blog post by the law firm Heenan Blaikie The Professional Institute of the Public Service… Read more »

Law prof starts ‘bad boss’ list

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Description: York University law prof David Doorey is posting what he calls the Bad Employer Sunshine List, saying┬áCanadian employers often ignore employment standards law with impunity. Source: Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog Date: 11/08/2011 Link: http://www.yorku.ca/ddoorey/lawblog/?p=4172 Related links: The Ontario government’s list of convicted employers for August, 2011 The Ontario Employment Standards Act The Ontario Ministry… Read more »

Air Canada union angry at arbitrator’s decision

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Description: Air Canada flight attendants are unhappy after an arbitrator imposed a contract they had previously rejected. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 11/07/2011 Link: http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1082475–arbitrator-imposes-deal-that-air-canada-s-flight-attendants-rejected?bn=1 Related links: National Post story CBC story Earlier update Statement from Air Canada Statement from CUPE Questions for discussion: Summarize the steps that took place after the flight attendants rejected… Read more »

N.S. opposition says first contract arbitration unfair

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Description: A proposal to use arbitration in first contract negotiations has the Nova Scotia opposition warning of job losses. Source: Canadian Business Date: 11/02/2011 Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/55287–nova-scotia-premier-plays-down-labour-law-threat-to-jobs-and-investment Related links: CBC story Halifax Metro opinion piece Halifax Metro news story Restaurant employers group site Questions for discussion: What is first contract arbitration? Why do unions seem to… Read more »