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?

 

Canada Post seeks pension concessions

Description: The CEO of Canada Post says the corporation’s $17-billion pension plan is badly underfunded and workers will need to help make the plan sustainable.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 12/16/2013

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/canada-post-to-push-for-worker-concessions-on-pensions/article15987182/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why does Canada Post say its pension plan needs fixing?
  • What remedies are suggested in this article?
  • How many jobs does Canada Post plan to eliminate?
  • Briefly summarize economist Armine Yalnizyan’s argument. (See related links.)
  • Do you think this argument makes sense? Why or why not?

Arbitrator upholds flu shot requirement

Description: An arbitrator has ruled that members of the B.C. Health Sciences Association must get a flu shot or wear masks during flu season.

Source: CBC

Date: 10/24/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-care-workers-must-wear-mask-or-have-flu-shot-1.2223888

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Questions for discussion:

  • Briefly summarize the events that led to this decision.
  • Why did the arbitrator conclude that the requirement to have a flu shot or wear a mask was a reasonable policy?
  • What effect will this have on health-care workers?
  • Do you agree with this decision? Discuss.
  • If you were a health-care worker, would you get the flu shot or wear a mask? Why?

 

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?

ILO criticizes federal government

Description: The International Labour Organization has found that the federal government violated international law when it imposed back-to-work legislation on Canada Post workers.

Source: Doorey’s Law of Work Blog

Date: 04/05/2012

Link: http://lawofwork.ca/?p=6463

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Questions for discussion:

  • Briefly describe the government’s actions that prompted this complaint.
  • What is the ILO?
  • Summarize the ILO’s findings.
  • Given what you know, do you agree with this decision? Discuss.
  • What practical impact will this decision have?

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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