Mediator walks out of B.C. school talks

Description: Veteran mediator Vince Ready says it’s unrealistic to expect the two sides in the B.C. schools dispute to come to an agreement by the scheduled start of classes. He had been engaged in exploratory talks with the parties in the hopes of entering mediation.

Source: CBC

Date: 08/30/2014

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-teachers-strike-vince-ready-walks-out-of-talks-1.2751718

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Vince Ready quit the talks?
  • Consult your textbook. What is mediation? What does a mediator do?
  • The Vancouver School Board is asking that the dispute be put to binding arbitration. What is binding arbitration? How does it differ from mediation?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches?
  • See the Related links above. In January, the B.C. Supreme Court found the B.C. government had bargained in bad faith with the teachers. What does the term bad faith mean in a collective bargaining context?

 

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?

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