Ontario can’t afford public sector increases, Wynne says

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Description: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province doesn’t have the money for public sector wage and benefit increases. Source: The Ottawa Sun Date: 12/27/2014 Link: http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/12/27/wynne-to-unions-no-money-for-wage-hikes Related links: CBC story Canadian Press story about Nova Scotia public sector bargaining Halifax Chronicle-Herald story The Ontario Public Service Employees Union Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Office of… Read more »

Senate passes flawed labour relations bill

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Description: The Senate has passed a bill related to public-sector union certification, even though the bill contains mistakes. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 12/16/2014 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/senators-to-vote-on-conservatives-union-bill-despite-error-in-legislation/article22102064/ Related links: Ottawa Citizen story Bill C-525 CUPE “fact sheet” on Bill C-525 Canadian LabourWatch Association Questions for discussion: What would Bill C-525 do? What do unions say… Read more »

Quebec municipal workers hold one-day strike

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Description: Municipal workers in Quebec walked off the job for one day to protest provincial government plans to restructure their pensions. Source: CBC Date: 11/26/2014 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-municipal-workers-in-1-day-strike-to-protest-pension-reform-plan-1.2850168 Related links: Montreal Gazette story Earlier story Story about amendments to Bill 3 Bill 3 Questions for discussion What is the Coalition syndicale pour la libre négociation? What is… Read more »

Pensions key issue in Saskatoon transit lockout

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Description: The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board has halted the City of Saskatoon’s plans to change its transit workers’ pension plan. Source: Global News Date: 09/26/2014 Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/1585324/labour-board-to-rule-on-legality-of-saskatoon-transit-lockout/ Related links: Earlier story Story about pension plan Saskatoon Transit City news release Amalgamated Transit Union, local 615 Video from union president Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board Questions for… Read more »

BC teachers back at work

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Description: After a long and bitter dispute, the B.C. government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation have reached a six-year contract with the help of mediator Vince Ready. Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: 09/20/2014 Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Vaughn+Palmer+Remarkably+clean+ending+bitter+dispute/10219679/story.html Related links: Column about mediator Vince Ready Profile of BCTF president Jim Iker B.C. Public School Employers’ Association BCTF Blog… Read more »

Mediator walks out of B.C. school talks

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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 Related links: B.C. Teachers’… Read more »

BC government fined $2 million in teachers dispute

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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/ Related links: BCTF B.C. ministry of education Court decision Vancouver Sun column Globe… Read more »

Canada Post seeks pension concessions

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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/ Related links: Calgary Herald story One economist’s view A Q&A with CEO Deepak Chopra Canada Post Canadian Union of Postal Workers… Read more »

Arbitrator upholds flu shot requirement

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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 Related links: CTV story Globe and Mail story Column from the Tyee online magazine Earlier story HSA news release Questions for discussion: Briefly summarize the… Read more »

PSAC rejects Canada Post’s final offer

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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 Related links: PSAC press release Canada Post statement Collective agreement Globe and Mail story from May Questions for discussion:… Read more »