Air Canada intervention may be “Band-Aid solution”

Description: Federally regulated employers say Ottawa’s intervention in several Air Canada disputes may hurt both unions and employers in the long run.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 04/08/2012

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ottawa-makes-no-apologies-for-air-canada-clampdown/article2395437/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments made in this article.
  • What do you think about Mr. Ferrell’s arguments?
  • What do you think about Ms. Raitt’s arguments?
  • Do you agree with Dr. Lee that Ottawa is looking after the “greater public good”?
  • Why or why not?

B.C. teachers ask labour board to fire mediator

Description: The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has asked the B.C. Labour Relations Board to overturn the appointment of a mediator in their dispute with the provincial government.

Source: The Victoria Times Colonist

Date: 04/05/2012

Link: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/BCTF+wants+labour+board+quash+appointment+Charles+Jago+mediator/6417231/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the BCTF’s argument in favour of overturning the mediator’s appointment.
  • What is the government’s response?
  • What is Dr. Jago’s response?
  • Who do you think has the strongest case?
  • Review your text’s section on labour boards. Given what you know, do you think the B.C. LRB has the power to overturn the appointment? Explain.

ILO rules against Ontario farm workers law

Description: The International Labour Organization has found that an Ontario law does not protect the rights of farm workers.

Source: Canadian Labour Reporter

Date: 03/30/2012

Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/12694-ontario-should-change-farm-worker-laws-international-labour-organization

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is the ILO?
  • What powers does it have?
  • Summarize the reasons behind this ruling.
  • Describe the difference in opinion between the ILO and the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Which ruling do you agree with? Why?
  • Prof. Doorey asks: “Do you think that the Liberal Government in Ontario should do what the ILO is asking, and amend the laws to grant agricultural workers the right to collective bargaining and to strike?” What do you think?

Mediator in teachers dispute has no mediation experience

Description: The government-appointed mediator in the B.C. teachers dispute has no mediation experience.

Source: The (Vancouver) Province

Date: 03/29/2012

Link: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Academic+asked+mediate+teachers+dispute+mediation+experience/6373806/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What are Dr. Charles Jago’s qualifications to mediate the B.C. teachers dispute?
  • Why is the BCTF upset about his appointment?
  • Do you think they have valid reasons to be concerned?
  • Why or why not?
  • What is unusual about this mediation process?