Tory senators may block labour legislation repeal

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Description: The Conservatives are suggesting they may use their majority in the Senate to block the repeal of controversial labour legislation passed by the former Harper government. Source: CBC Date: 01/28/2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mihychuk-union-financing-bill-1.3423506   Related links: • Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk • Conservative labour critic Gérard Deltell • Bill C-377 • Bill C-525 • Earlier… Read more »

Union, Ambulance New Brunswick reach ‘compromise’

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Description: Ambulance New Brunswick and the union representing paramedics have reached a compromise on bilingual services, but the union insists there is “no deal.” Source: CBC Date: 01/28/2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/paramedics-ambulance-nb-bilingualism-1.3422603 Related links: • Ambulance New Brunswick • CUPE local 4848 • New Brunswick’s official language rights • Earlier story Questions for discussion: • Summarize Ambulance… Read more »

Supreme Court to hear BC teachers case

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Description: The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case involving the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 01/14/2016 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Supreme+Court+Canada+hear+Teachers+Federation+appeal/11651654/story.html Related links: • CBC story • The BCTF • B.C. education ministry • The B.C. Supreme Court decision • The B.C. Appeal Court decision • Earlier… Read more »

Liberal government won’t enforce C-377 provisions

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Description:  The new federal government has  taken the first steps toward repealing a law that has been denounced as anti-union. Source: National Post Date: 12/21/2015 Link: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/liberals-take-first-step-towards-repealing-tory-bill-that-would-force-unions-to-disclose-financial-records Related links: • Government news release • Huffington Post story • Earlier update • Bill C-377 • Building trades unions news release • National Citizens Coalition news release… Read more »

AFL wants law protecting all-night workers

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Description: The Alberta Federation of Labour is urging the provincial government to bring in a law that would require retail employers to have a minimum of two employees on late-night shifts. Source: Global News Date: 12/18/2015 Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/2410081/alberta-labour-group-calls-for-better-safety-for-night-workers-following-deadly-shootings/ Related links: • Edmonton Sun story • Edmonton Journal story • Alberta Federation of Labour • The… Read more »

Vice workers organize

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Description: Writers and editors at Vice Canada have begun an organizing campaign. Source: J-Source Date: 12/15/2015 Link: http://j-source.ca/article/vice-canada-staff-begin-union-drive Related links: • Canadian Media Guild • Vice Canada • Story about organizing campaign at U.S. Vice • News release from the Vice Canada campaign organizers Questions for discussion: • Consult your text and summarize the steps… Read more »

Quebec public sector workers plan another one-day strike

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Description: Thousands of Quebec public sector workers are planning to walk off the job Dec. 9. Source: CBC Date: 11/26/2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/public-sector-strike-dec-9-1.3339079 Related links: Earlier Global TV story Earlier CBC story Common Front statement Quebec Treasury Board Questions for discussion: Which workers does the Common Front represent? Consult your text: what does the term “para-public… Read more »

Former N.S. union leaders urge No vote

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Description: Six former presidents of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are urging members to reject a new tentative agreement. Source: CBC Date: 11/27/2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/teachers-union-deal-in-trouble-1.3340239 Related links: Halifax Chronicle-Herald story CBC story Chronicle-Herald column NSTU Nova Scotia education ministry Questions for discussion: Why are the former union presidents opposed to this tentative agreement? What is… Read more »

Trudeau and CLC meet

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Description: Less than a week after being sworn in as prime minister, Justin Trudeau met privately with leaders of the Canadian Labour Congress. Source: The Huffington Post Date: 11/10/2015 Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/10/justin-trudeua-canadian-labour-congress_n_8526072.html Related links: Bloomberg story The TPP The Bombardier deal The Prime Minister The CLC Questions for discussion: What was historic about this meeting? Consult… Read more »

Toronto transit workers seek right to strike

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Description: The union representing Toronto transit workers has gone to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, arguing its members should be allowed the right to strike Source: The Toronto Star Date: 10/26/2015 Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2015/10/26/ttc-workers-union-fights-for-a-return-of-the-right-to-strike.html Related links: CityNews story Union news release Blog post by Prof. David Doorey Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act Amalgamated… Read more »