BC government fined $2 million in teachers dispute

Description: A B.C. Supreme Court justice has ruled that the B.C. government did not act in good faith in its dealings with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and has fined the government $2 million.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 01/27/2014

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-teachers-win-legal-fight-to-bargain-class-sizes/article16525448/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why did the judge fine the government $2 million?
  • Why did the judge find the government’s legislation was unconstitutional?
  • Why did the judge conclude the government had not bargained in good faith?
  • What has been the government’s response?
  • What are some of the impacts of this decision?

 

Superstore workers hold ‘fairness day’

Description: The United Food and Commercial Workers union has taken out full-page newspaper ads addressed to Loblaw Executive Chairman Galen Weston Jr. on the eve of possible strikes in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Source: CBC

Date: 09/28/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-superstore-workers-poised-to-strike-1.1872134

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments made in the open letter.
  • Why do you think the union bought these ads?
  • Why do you think the union chose to personalize this dispute?
  • Do you think the ads will be effective? Explain.
  • Read the comments at the bottom of the CBC story. Which arguments do you find the most persuasive?

 

Foreign service workers, federal government reach tentative agreement

Description: The federal Treasury Board and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers have reached a tentative agreement following a long-running strike.

Source: CBC

Date: 09/27/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/striking-diplomats-make-pay-gains-in-tentative-deal-1.1869907

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Questions for discussion:

  • What was the union seeking in this dispute?
  • What, according to the CBC story, are the key features of this tentative agreement?
  • What did the Public Service Labour Relations Board rule on Sept. 13?
  • Consult your text. What does it mean to bargain in good faith?
  • Do you think this ruling affected the outcome of these negotiations? Discuss.

PSAC rejects Canada Post’s final offer

Description: The Public Service Alliance of Canada has refused a final offer from Canada Post, saying it would create a two-tiered workplace that would “pit worker against worker.”

Source: Canadian Labour Reporter

Date: 09/19/2013

Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/18869-psac-will-not-accept-canada-posts-final-offer

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why did PSAC reject this final offer?
  • Briefly describe the main features of the offer.
  • What is a two-tiered workplace?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a contract from the employer’s and union’s points of view?
  • Consult the Related Links above. What do you think will happen next in this dispute?

Tribunal considers bad faith bargaining claim

Description: The Public Service Labour Relations Board is considering a complaint from the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers that the federal government’s Treasury Board bargained in bad faith in a dispute involving foreign affairs officers.

Source: The Toronto Star

Date: 08/21/2013

Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/08/21/foreign_service_strike_likely_to_drag_on_as_labour_tribunal_reserves_decision.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Consult your text: what does it mean to bargain in good faith?
  • What is the union arguing here?
  • What is the Treasury Board’s response?
  • What are the possible outcomes of this hearing?
  • Briefly summarize the issues in this dispute. Which party do you think has the most persuasive case? Why?

 

Ottawa wants to talk sick leave, pensions with unions

Description: The federal government wants to look at “changes to the labour relations regime,” including sick leave, pensions and compensation, to help balance the budget.

Source: CBC

Date: 03/21/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/03/21/ottawa-public-servant-sick-benefits.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Describe briefly the current federal sick leave provisions.
  • What arguments do these stories and editorials give for renegotiating sick leave provisions?
  • What arguments does PSCA make for keeping things the way they are?
  • Which do you think are the most persuasive arguments?
  • How do you think this situation will be resolved?

 

NSCAD, faculty reach agreement

Description: NSCAD University in Halifax and the union representing faculty and librarians have reached a tentative three-year agreement.

Source: The Chronicle Herald

Date: 03/08/2013

Link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/904171-nscad-university-faculty-reach-deal

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Questions for discussion:

  • What was the main issue in this dispute, according to news stories?
  • Consult the Related Links above. Can you find any language in the FUNSCAD Unit 1 collective agreement that relates to this issue?
  • What impact do you think job action by the union would have had on students?
  • If you were a student at NSCAD, what position would you take on this strike?
  • Why?

Conciliator meets with parties in Sudbury dispute

Description: Community Living Greater Sudbury and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 676 are using a conciliator in the hopes of reaching a collective agreement.

Source: Sudbury Northern Life

Date: 03/08/2013

Link: http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2013/03/08-community-living-opseu-sudbury.aspx

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Questions for discussion:

  • How long have the parties been without a collective agreement?
  • Consult your text. What happens when a collective agreement expires?
  • What is conciliation?
  • What is a “no board”?
  • What can happen after one is issued?

Alberta premier angers former labour allies

Description: The teachers, nurses and public sector workers who supported Alberta Premier Alison Redford in last year’s election are unhappy with her latest cost-cutting moves.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 02/26/2013

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/redford-accused-of-picking-a-fight-with-labour/article9103341/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why is labour angry at the Redford government?
  • Why is the government making cuts now?
  • What is the state of negotiations between the government and teachers?
  • Summarize the positions of the government and the teachers.
  • Which side do you think makes the most persuasive arguments? Why?

BC government seeks 10-year deal with nurses

Description: The B.C. government has angered regional health authorities with a proposal for a 10-year collective agreement for nurses.

Source: The Vancouver Sun

Date: 02/25/2013

Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Health+authorities+slam+government+over+talks+with+nurses/8015194/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Review the Related Links above. What is the role of the six health authorities?
  • What is the role of the HEABC?
  • What role would the health authorities play in reaching a collective agreement?
  • Why do you think the government is exploring a 10-year deal?
  • Why are the health authorities upset? Do you think their complaints are justified? Explain.

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