‘A moment of truth for Canadian labour’

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Description: As two of Canada’s largest unions explore a merger, a confidential union report says that labour must become more relevant to Canadians. Source: The Toronto Star Date: 01/26/2012 Link: http://www.thestar.com/article/1121505–unions-must-change-quickly-to-survive-says-secret-report-by-cep-caw Related links: Canada.com story Canadian Business story CTV story The CAW The CEP Questions for discussion: Why do you think these two unions are… Read more »

Toronto paramedics ask to be declared essential service

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Description: About 250 — some reports said 350 — Toronto paramedics held a rally asking that they be declared an essential service. Source: CBC Date: 01/24/2012 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/01/24/toronto-paramedics-protest-essential-service.html Related links: CTV story Global Toronto story Canadian Labour Reporter story Press release from the Toronto Paramedic Association The Toronto Paramedic Association City of Toronto Ontario Labour… Read more »

Employers ‘have warmed to work stoppages’

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Description: Jim Stanford, an economist with the Canadian Auto Workers union, writes that employers, who once opposed work stoppages, are now eager to lock out unions. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 01/20/2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/management-has-warmed-to-work-stoppages/article2308417/print/ Related links: Federal government strike and lockout database Major work stoppages in Canada, 2011 Conference Board of Canada expects more… Read more »

Halifax transit workers reject offer

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Description: Halifax transit workers have voted nearly unanimously in favour of striking if an agreement with the city cannot be reached by Feb. 2. Source: The Halifax Chronicle Herald Date: 01/23/2012 Link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/54722-transit-workers-vote-strike Related links: CBC story Canadian Labour Reporter story Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 City of Halifax Metro Transit Collective agreement (pdf) Questions… Read more »

Quebec mill closes after union rejects offer

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Description: White Birch Paper Co. is shutting its Stadacona paper mill in Quebec City after union members voted to reject a contract offer. Source: CBC Date: 01/13/2012 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/01/13/white-birch-quebec.html Related links: Earlier story Canadian Labour Reporter story Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada White Birch Paper Co. Questions for discussion: Why does the employer… Read more »

B.C. liquor store workers offer to work Sundays

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Description: As contract negotiations begin, the union representing B.C. government liquor store workers says the government could make millions by opening more stores on Sundays. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 01/10/2012 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Union+proposes+Sunday+openings+more+liquor+stores+ahead+talks/5971560/story.html Related links: B.C. government, unionized workers begin negotiations CTV story: labour expert predicts confrontation B.C. government B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union… Read more »

Labour facing tough year

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Description: Employers facing tough economic conditions are increasingly taking a tough line with organized labour. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 01/07/2011 Link: http://investdb1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/GAM.20120107.RBCOVERLABOURCLASHES0107ATL/GIStory/ Related links: Earlier Globe story Caterpillar Inc. Rio Tinto Alcan Canadian Auto Workers Questions for discussion: Summarize Caterpillar Inc.’s actions at its London, Ont. subsidiary. Why do you think the company… Read more »

NDP leadership candidates woo unions

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Description: Candidates for the leadership of the New Democratic Party are competing to line up support from unions. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 01/06/2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/topp-lands-calverts-support-as-ndp-rivals-burnish-union-credentials/article2294036/ Related links: The New Democratic Party The Canadian Labour Congress Brian Topp Thomas Mulcair Paul Dewar Peggy Nash Questions for discussion: Why are NDP leadership candidates seeking union… Read more »