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.

Union steps up pay equity legal battle against Canada Post

Description: The Public Service Alliance of Canada is seeking a “charging order” against Canada Post as part of its attempt to collect on a pay equity settlement.

Source: The Toronto Star

Date: 02/23/2013

Link: http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/02/23/union_seeks_charging_order_against_canada_post_property_over_pay_equity_award.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is a charging order?
  • Why is the union seeking one?
  • Briefly summarize the history of this dispute.
  • What does Canada Post say about the alleged delay?
  • Do you think Canada Post has acted fairly in this dispute? Explain.

Ottawa-area school board becoming impatient

Description: The Upper Canada District School Board says it’s worried about the length of time the Ontario Labour Relations Board is taking to decide on an application for a cease-and-desist order.

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

Date: 02/22/2013

Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/School+board+still+waiting+labour+board+decision/8005020/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What actions does the school board want the OLRB to halt?
  • What did the school board argue before the OLRB?
  • Review the related links above. What was the teachers’ argument?
  • Do you think the teachers’ activities fit the definition of a strike? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think it has taken so long to reach a decision?

Classes to resume at St. Francis Xavier

Description: The St. F.X. Association of University Teachers has voted 96 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement with St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S.

Source: The Halifax Chronicle Herald

Date: 02/16/2013

Link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/703539-st-fx-faculty-union-oks-deal

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Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key features of the new collective agreement?
  • Why does the union head argue that the “strike was worth it?”
  • Do you agree with him?
  • What is happening in the other labour dispute mentioned in this story?
  • What happens if NSGEU Local 88 rejects the university’s offer?

Manitoba insurance workers get two-year freeze

Description: Workers at Manitoba’s public auto insurance authority have agreed to a four-year contract with a two-year wage freeze and improved benefits.

Source: Canadian Labour Reporter

Date: 02/05/2013

Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/17223-manitoba-insurance-employees-ratify-new-agreement

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is the overall wage increase in this agreement?
  • What are the non-wage features of this agreement?
  • Given what you know, do you think this is a reasonable agreement?
  • Why or why not?
  • The union statement does not include the expression “wage freeze.” Why do you think this is?

 

Faculty association strikes at St. Francis Xavier

Description: Striking faculty met for informal talks with the administration of St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, N.S.

Source: CBC

Date: 02/01/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/02/01/ns-st-fx-rally-strike.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Browse the related links above: What salary increase is the university proposing?
  • What increase is the faculty association proposing?
  • What are the other issues in this dispute?
  • How are students responding to the strike?
  • What would you do if you were a student at St. FX?

B.C. teachers reject premier’s call for 10-year contract

Description: The B.C. Teachers’ Federation wants no part of a government proposal that would include a 10-year collective agreement.

Source: CBC

Date: 01/24/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/01/24/bc-teachers-plan.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What would the teachers gain under the government proposal?
  • What would the teachers lose?
  • Ten-year collective agreements are extremely rare. Why do you think that is?
  • Who do you think would benefit the most from this proposal? Why?
  • B.C. voters go to the polls May 14 and the Clark government is well back in the opinion polls. How do you think that affects the contents of this proposal and the teachers’ response?

Nurses, New Brunswick government reach tentative agreement

Description: The New Brunswick government and the province’s nurses union have negotiated a tentative collective agreement. The last contract between the two sides was reached in 2009 after the nurses threatened to strike.

Source: CBC

Date: 01/14/2012

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/01/14/nb-nurses-union-tentative-deal.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • How long had the nurses been without a contract?
  • What were the main issues in the 2009 negotiations?
  • What were the highlights of the 2009 agreement?
  • Look at the videos on the union YouTube page. Whom do you think they are aimed at?
  • Do you think they are effective?

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