Ottawa moves to end Canada Post lockout

Description: Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has announced she will introduce legislation to end the Canada Post lockout.

Source: Canadian Business

Date: 06/20/2011

Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/30532–ottawa-tables-bill-ordering-locked-out-postal-workers-back-to-work

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Questions for discussion:

  • What arguments can you think of in favour of introducing back-to-work legislation in this dispute?
  • What arguments can you think of against introducing back-to-work legislation in this dispute?
  • What effect do you think this move will have on long-term labour relations at Canada Post?
  • How is this dispute similar to the Air Canada dispute?
  • How does it differ?

Air Canada workers vote on new contract

Description: Striking Air Canada workers will be voting on a new contract after the federal government introduced back-to-work legislation in the Commons.

Source: The Windsor Star

Date: 06/20/2011

Link: http://www.windsorstar.com/business/leaders+Canada+deal/4973375/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What can you say about the timing of this strike?
  • Why do you think the government introduced back-to-work legislation in this dispute more quickly than in the Canada Post dispute?
  • What do you think would have happened if the government had not introduced back-to-work legislation?
  • What effect do you think the back-to-work legislation will have on long-term labour relations at Air Canada?
  • What happens if the workers do not ratify the contract?

Air Canada workers poised to strike

Description: Air Canada sales and customer-serviceĀ  employees, represented by the Canadian Auto Workers Union, are threatening to strike over wages and pensions.

Source: CBC

Date: 06/13/2011

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/13/aircanada-striketalks-monday.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Browse the links above. As you will see, one of the key issues in this dispute is pensions. What is a defined benefit pension?
  • What is a defined contribution pension?
  • Which type of pension would you prefer if you were an employee?
  • Which would you prefer if you were an employer?
  • Why?

Canada Post reduces deliveries

Description: Canada Post is cutting mail deliveries, saying rotating strikes are costing it millions; the Canadian Union of Postal Workers counters that the company is trying to spark a full strike.

Source: CBC

Date: 06/13/2011

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/13/postal-strike-13.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Union president Denis Lemelin says Canada Post is trying to impose a “partial lockout.” What does he mean?
  • Do you think the term is accurate?
  • Lemelin says the company is trying to provoke a general strike. Do you think a general strike, as opposed to rotating strikes, would be in Canada Post’s interest?
  • Why or why not?
  • The union says Canada Post wants the federal government to impose back-to-work legislation. Why do you think the employer would want back-to-work legislation?
  • How do you think the union would feel about back-to-work legislation?
  • Why?

Postal workers launch rotating strikes

Description: Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began rotating strikes following the expiration of 72-hour strike notice.

Source: CTV.ca

Date: 06/03/2011

Link: http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110602/wpg_postal_strike_110602/20110603/?hub=WinnipegHome

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Question for discussion:

  • What is the difference between a rotating strike and a normal strike?
  • Why would a union choose to hold rotating strikes rather than an all-out strike?
  • List some of the considerations that would go into a decision to hold a rotating strike.
  • Read the letter to the editor and the opinion piece above. Which arguments do you find the most persuasive?
  • Are there significant points that the two writers don’t address?

Ontario nurses get lump-sum award

Description: An arbitrator has granted members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association lump-sum bonuses, despite a provincial government wage freeze policy.

Source: The Toronto Star

Date: 06/03/2011

Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/1002549–nurses-get-bonuses-despite-wage-freeze

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Questions for discussion:

  • Review the links above. How does this settlement fit within the government wage freeze?
  • How does this settlement work out to a “net zero increase?”
  • If you belonged to this union, would you prefer a lump-sum award or a wage increase? Why?
  • What is the role of the provincial government in collective bargaining with the nurses’ union?
  • What is the role of the Ontario Hospital Association?

Canada Post, CUPW meet as strike deadline looms

Description: With the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in a legal position to strike late Thursday night, the two sides in the dispute met Wednesday, June 1 to seek a solution.

Source: The Canadian Press

Date: 06/01/2011

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iCzX1De5LFINYipKiZerKTQSoiWg?docId=7021107

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Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the strike notice deadline will make it more or less likely that the two sides will reach an agreement without job action?
  • Why?
  • What impact would a postal strike have on you and your friends and family?
  • Who would be hurt most by a postal strike?
  • Who would benefit?

Nova Scotia appoints chair of reorganized labour board

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Chapter 1 - Introduction

Description: The Nova Scotia government has named a former provincial ombudsman to head up its reorganized labour board.

Source: The Canadian Press

Date: 05/31/2011

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jnEoaXtmWm6OKoZuDVbHw8OkFqPg?docId=7011036

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is the role of a labour relations board?
  • What are its powers?
  • What does “quasi-judicial status” mean?
  • Give an example of an employment matter the Nova Scotia board does not deal with.
  • Give a brief description of Nova Scotia’s recent labour tribunal reorganization. Why do you think this was done?