Canada Post workers hold off on strike notice

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Description: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has delayed issuing a 72-hour strike notice and has presented a new contract proposal. Source: The Canadian Press Date: 05/24/2011 Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gq5I8PJuRlFbeXz7CyzcDBChZaJg?docId=6926829 Related links: Canada Post The Canadian Union of Postal Workers Hamilton Spectator story Montreal Gazette story Questions for discussion: What conditions must be met before a… Read more »

Union claims activist blacklisted

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Description: The United Food and Commercial Workers union has filed a complaint with the B.C. Labour Relations Board claiming that the Mexican government and a B.C. farm have blocked a pro-union seasonal worker from returning to this country. Source: Macleans.ca Date: 05/24/2011 Link: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/05/24/what-happened-down-on-the-farm/ Related links: B.C. Labour Relations Board United Food and Commercial Workers… Read more »

Pilots reject Air Canada proposal

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Description: Air Canada pilots have rejected a proposed contract that the airline said was necessary for the launch of a low-cost service. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 19/05/2011 Link: http://www.thestar.com/business/companies/aircanada/article/993999–air-canada-s-discount-airline-in-jeopardy-after-pilots-reject-deal?bn=1 Related links: Air Canada Air Canada Pilots Association CAW Airline Local 2002, representing customer service agents and other workers Earlier update Questions for discussion: Why… Read more »

Labour congress turns to social media

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Description: Labour must turn to Facebook and Twitter to tell its story without the “filter” of mainstream media, Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti told the CLC convention in Vancouver. Source: The Province (Vancouver) Date: 05/10/2011 Link: http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Social+media+spreads+word+Labour+Congress+tells+delegates/4752875/story.html Related Links: Canadian Labour Congress The CLC on Facebook The CLC on Twitter CLC report on social… Read more »

Saskatchewan teachers walk out

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Description: For the first time in the province’s history, Saskatchewan teachers held a one-day walkout. They have been without a contract since August. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 05/05/2011 Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/986293–saskatchewan-teachers-walk-out-over-contract-disputes Related links: Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation STF bargaining site Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Saskatchewan School Boards Association The government-trustee bargaining committee site CBC story Globe… Read more »

Air Canada CEO asks pilots for concessions

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Description: The chief executive officer of Air Canada is pleading with the airline’s pilots to accept a collective agreement the airline says is required to create a low-cost carrier. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 05/08/2011 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/air-canada-head-pitches-pact-to-pilots/article2014479/ Related links: Earlier story Air Canada Air Canada Pilots Association Questions for discussion: Why would this new… Read more »

Supreme Court restricts farm workers’ bargaining rights

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Description: In a complex judgement, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an Ontario law that limits the bargaining rights of farm workers. The court ruled that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives workers the right to bargain with their employers, but that “it does not guarantee a legislated dispute resolution mechanism in the… Read more »

Workers mark national day of mourning

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The Canadian labour movement observed a National Day of Mourning Apr. 28 for workers killed on the job. Source: CBC News Date: 04/28/2011 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/04/28/nl-mourning-workers-428.html Related Links: Statement from the Canadian Labour Congress CLC radio ad Toronto Star article Winnipeg Free Press article Hamilton Spectator article Questions for discussion: Why would the Canadian Labour Congress… Read more »