Manitoba government suggests reopening contracts

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Description: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister plans to meet with public sector unions after suggesting current collective agreements are unsustainable. Source: CBC Date: 11/28/2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/something-s-got-to-give-pallister-puts-reopening-collective-agreements-on-the-table-1.3871831 Related Links: • Winnipeg Sun story • Winnipeg Free Press story • Canadian Press story • Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union • MGEU contracts • Premier Pallister Questions for… Read more »

University of Manitoba, faculty reach deal

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Description: After a 20-day strike, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association and the university have agreed on a new contract. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 11/22/2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/11/22/university-of-manitoba-strike-is-over-after-union-votes-for-deal-monday-night.html Related links: • Earlier story • Analysis by student Zach Fleisher • The University of Manitoba • The faculty association • The previous collective agreement Questions for… Read more »

Supreme Court rules B.C. teachers’ rights violated

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Description: The Supreme of Canada has upheld a lower court ruling that found the B.C. government bargained in bad faith with the province’s teachers and violated their Charter rights. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 11/10/2016 Link: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-teachers-win-landmark-supreme-court-of-canada-victory Related links: • Story on the impact of the decision • The Supreme Court of Canada decision •… Read more »

Ford, Unifor reach tentative agreement

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Description: Unifor and Ford of Canada have reached a tentative agreement after a tense round of talks. The tentative agreement includes a $700 million investment by the auto maker in its Canadian plants. Source: Canadian Press/National Newswatch Date: 11/01/2016 Link: http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2016/11/01/negotiations-with-ford-most-challenging-among-the-detroit-three-unifor-2/#.WBhgmi3yuUk Related links: • Globe and Mail story • CTV story • Earlier update •… Read more »

Trudeau heckled at CLC meeting

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Description: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was “heckled, harangued and hectored for 30 minutes” at a meeting with young union activists, according to a media account. Source: National Post Date: 10/25/2016 Link: http://www.canada.com/news/national/trudeau+faces+with+hecklers+minutes+canadian+labour+congress/12316144/story.html Related links: • CBC story • The CLC’s account of the meeting • Earlier update • The prime minister • The CLC Questions… Read more »

Union wants education minister fired

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Description: The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association says it has lost all confidence in Education Minister Dale Kirby. Source: CBC Date: 10/31/2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/kirby-nlta-resignation-calls-1.3829406 Related links: • Earlier news story • Teachers asked to “scrounge” for supplies • NTLA • Union media release • Dale Kirby Questions for discussion: • Why does the union want… Read more »

Bombardier cutting 7,500 jobs amid talks with Ottawa: ‘The timing is really unfortunate’

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Description: MONTREAL — A second large wave of job cuts is hitting Bombardier workers in less than a year as another 7,500 positions are to be eliminated around the world through the end of 2018. Source: BNN.com – video report Date: Oct 21, 2016 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/bombardier-cutting-7-500-jobs-amid-talks-with-ottawa-the-timing-is-really-unfortunate-1.589426 Questions for discussion: What is happening at Bombardier? What… Read more »

Walmart Just Gave its Managers a Raise

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Description: Pay will increase from 45 to Over 48K Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 12, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2e7TJxD Questions for Discussions: Why do you think Walmart has increased pay for managers ahead of legislation? Do you think Walmart managers receiving the pay increase feel better about their compensation package and are now more… Read more »

Unifor members ratify GM deal

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Description: After gaining a four-year contract with General Motors, Unifor is moving on to talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 09/26/2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/09/26/auto-talks-shift-focus-to-fiat-chrysler.html Related links: • Windsor Star story • Financial Post story • Unifor • General Motors • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Questions for discussion: • What are the chief features… Read more »

Teamsters, ride-sharing app reach agreement

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TappCar announces unionized workforce Description: An Edmonton ride-sharing app has reached a historic agreement with Teamsters Local 987. Source: The Edmonton Journal Date: 09/28/2016 Link: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/tappcar-announces-unionized-workforce Related links: • Metro News story • Global News story • TappCar • Teamsters Local 987 Questions for discussion: • Why is this a historic agreement? • What does… Read more »