Ontario government, high school teachers reach tentative agreement

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Description: Ontario high school teachers have a new tentative agreement with the provincial government, while public elementary school teachers plan to increase job action. Source: The National Post Date: 08/20/2015 Link: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/ontario-secondary-school-teachers-federation-reaches-tentative-contract-deal-with-province Related links: Toronto Star story The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association The… Read more »

Mounties can bargain, Supreme Court says

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Description: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 6-1 that RCMP members have the right to collective bargaining. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: 01/16/2015 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/supreme-court-backs-mounties-right-to-collective-bargaining/article22486356/ Related links: CBC story Earlier story SCC decision Mounted Police Association of Ontario The RCMP Federal department of justice Questions for discussion: Briefly stated, what did the court… Read more »

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 »