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?

Ontario government imposes contracts on teachers

Description: The Ontario government has imposed contracts on elementary and secondary school teachers, freezing pay and reducing sick days.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 01/03/2013

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-teachers-imposed-contract-ensures-continued-discord-unions-say/article6932573/

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Questions for discussion:

  • What are the main features of the contracts imposed by the Ontario government?
  • What reason does the government give for taking this action?
  • What is the teachers’ response?
  • Summarize the arguments made by Andrew Coyne and Thomas Walkom.
  • Which arguments do you find to be the most persuasive? Why?

Protesters picket Raitt

Description: A group of about 20 federal government workers protested government job cuts at an appearance in Cape Breton by Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

Source: CBC

Date: 10/29/2012

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/10/29/ns-raitt-protest.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What were the protesters upset about?
  • What did they say they hope to gain from their protest?
  • What was Raitt’s response?
  • What do you think the protest will accomplish?
  • What are the pros and cons of cutting government jobs in a community like Cape Breton?

Ontario nurses reach deal on pensions

Description: The Ontario Nurses’ Association has reached an agreement with the provincial government that will allow it to continue to exercise joint control over its members’ pension fund. The deal follows a similar deal struck between the government and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

Source: Canadian Labour Reporter

Date: 10/24/2012

Link: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/16544-ontario-nurses-maintain-joint-control-of-pension-plans

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the agreement between the Ontario nurses and the provincial government.
  • Summarize the agreement between the OPSEU and the government.
  • What will be the likely impact of the agreements on the union members?
  • On the government?
  • What was the government’s original goal in these negotiations? Did it achieve it?

Canada Post, CUPW reach tentative agreement

Description: Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached a tentative agreement without arbitration in a bitter year-long dispute.

Source: CBC

Date: 10/07/2012

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/07/canada-post-deal.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the steps that led to this tentative agreement.
  • Why did the Federal Court order a new arbitrator in this dispute?
  • Do you think it is a positive sign that the two sides reached a tentative agreement without an arbitrator?
  • Why or why not?
  • Do you think the government’s back-to-work order looks like a wise move in retrospect?
  • Why or why not?

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