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.

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?

 

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