NDP introduces “anti-scab” bill

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Description: The federal New Democratic Party has introduced a bill that would ban replacement workers in workplaces covered by the Canada Labour Code. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 02/19/2016 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/26900-ndp-introduces-anti-scab-legislation   Related links: • CBC story • NDP media release • Media release from the Steelworkers union • Bill C-234 Questions for discussion: •… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Organized labour hopes to affect federal election

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Description: Canada’s unions are more politically active than ever before as the country approaches the election on Oct. 19. Source: Canadian Labour Reporter Date: 09/21/2015 Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/25430-how-do-unions-affect-elections Related links: Dr. Larry Savage “Stop Hudak” – the Ontario Federation of Labour Unifor Seafarers’ International Union of Canada Story about HarperPAC Questions for discussion: Based on your… Read more »

Labour Day more than barbecues

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Description: The roots of Labour Day lie in Canada’s 19th century industrialization. Source: The Saskatoon StarPhoenix Date: 09/05/2015 Link: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/origins+labour/11343665/story.html A video from the McCord Museum: Related links: The first Labour Day Canadian Museum of History Vancouver Province: state of the unions Unions prepare to fight Conservative government Questions for discussion: What were Toronto printers… Read more »

CP Rail strike ends

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Description: A brief strike at Canadian Pacific Railway has ended after federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch vowed to bring in back-to-work legislation. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 02/16/2015 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-introduces-bill-to-end-cp-rail-strike/article23012104/ Related links: Earlier story Prof. Robert Paul Hebdon Kellie Leitch CP Rail Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Questions for discussion: Consult your text: why does this… Read more »

Federal professional employees prepare for strike

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Description: Members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada are training for a possible strike, which would be the group’s first in almost 25 years. Source: The Ottawa Citizen Date: 02/13/2015 Link: http://www.canada.com/News/canada/Professionals+picket+line+Federal+union+training+just+case/10812773/story.html Related links: PIPSC looking for arbitration PIPSC talks on hold PIPSC PIPSC media release Treasury Board Federal collective agreements… Read more »