Dias says he’d shut down every GM plant to save Oshawa jobs

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Description: The head of the union representing General Motors Co. workers in Oshawa, Ont. says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to save jobs amid the U.S. automaker’s global reorganization – even if it means mass walkouts in U.S. and Canadian plants. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/dias-says-he-d-shut-down-every-gm-plant-to-save-oshawa-jobs-1.1174140 Questions… Read more »

Sharp differences over labor surface at NAFTA talks in Mexico

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Description: MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. Source: Reuters.ca Date: Sep 03, 2017 Link: https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN1BF00H-OCABS Questions for discussion: Summarize the advantages Mexican auto workers enjoy… Read more »

Unifor leader says it’s time to ‘stop playing defence’

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Description: Jerry Dias, the new leader of Unifor, says it is time for unions to go on the offensive. He promises to spend 10 per cent of the newly merged union’s revenues on organizing and increasing membership. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 08/31/2013 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/newly-elected-unifor-leader-says-he-is-taking-labour-movement-on-the-offensive/article14063604/ Related links: Unifor Canadian Press story Globe story on… Read more »

Steelworkers, TWU to merge

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Description: The United Steelworkers union, which represents 225,000 Canadian workers, and the Telecommunications Workers Union, which represents 13,000, have tentatively agreed to merge – the second large private-sector union merger of the year. Source: CBC Date: 08/30/2013 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/08/30/steelworkers-telecommunications-union-merger.html Related links: Union media release Canadian Press story Canadian Labour Reporter story The United Steelworkers The… Read more »

Unions merge in hopes of reversing decline

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Description: With organized labour on the defensive across the country, the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada are merging to create a 300,000-member union called Unifor. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 08/08/2013 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unions-political-calculus-with-numbers-come-power/article13678660/ Related links: Unifor CAW CEP Financial Post story CTV story Questions for discussion: Who… Read more »

Union calls Target hiring practices unfair

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Description: The United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada says Target’s  practice of guaranteeing interviews – but not jobs – to Zellers employees in Thunder Bay is unfair. Source: CBC Date: 03/12/2013 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/03/12/tby-targer-hiring-thunder-bay-store.html Related links: UFCW statement Target Canada Earlier story Target Fairness campaign Earlier update Slaw legal blog discussion of successorship Questions for… Read more »

TWU to hold merger vote with Steelworkers

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Description: Leaders of the Telecommunications Workers Union have voted to begin a merger process with the Steelworkers union. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 11/28/2012 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/16808-twu-members-to-vote-on-potential-merger-with-united-steelworkers Related links: Telecommunications Workers Union United Steelworkers Union TWU merger update A history of the USW An earlier merger between the USW and the IWA A list of mergers… Read more »

CEP votes to join CAW

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Description: Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union members have voted at their annual convention to merge with the Canadian Auto Workers union, forming Canada’s largest private-sector union. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 10/15/2012 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/16458-cep-votes-in-favour-of-super-union-with-caw Related links: CTV story CBC story Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Canadian Auto Workers union Earlier update Questions for… Read more »

BC licensed practical nurses switch unions

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Description: B.C.’s licensed practical nurses have voted to leave the Hospital Employees’ Union for the B.C. Nurses’ Union. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 10/05/2012 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/After+bitter+battle+LPNs+join+Nurses+Union/7352263/story.html Related links: LPNCafe – A blog run by a B.C. LPN Hospital Employees’ Union B.C. Nurses’ Union Questions for discussion: What do licensed practical nurses do? What reasons does this… Read more »

Autoworkers vote to merge with CEP

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Description: Members of the Canadian Auto Workers have voted to merge with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The resulting union, if approved by CEP members in October, will represent 325,000 workers. Source: CBC Date: 08/22/2012 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/08/22/wdr-caw-merger.html Related links: CTV story Financial Post story Canadian Auto Workers union Communications, Energy and Paperworkers… Read more »