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?

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?

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?

LRB declares teachers’ protest unlawful

Description: The Ontario Labour Relations Board has declared a planned one-day walkout by elementary school teachers illegal.

Source: CTV

Date: 01/11/2013

Link: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/etfo-osstf-cancel-planned-walkouts-1.1109787

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Questions for discussion:

  • Who brought the application to the Ontario LRB?
  • What did the Elementary Teachers’ Federation intend to do?
  • Summarize the arguments made by the two sides.
  • What reasons did the board give for its decision?
  • Prof. David Doorey asks: “Do you think the definition of ‘strikes’ should include a protest against a government’s public policies?” What do you think? Why?

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?

York Region elementary teachers poised for job action

Description: Elementary school teachers in Ontario’s York Region appear ready to take job action.

Source: CBC

Date: 11/18/2012

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/11/18/toronto-york-region-elementary-teachers-strike-action.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is an “escalating withdrawal of administrative services”?
  • How does that differ from an all-out strike?
  • What are the issues in this dispute?
  • Consult the related links above: What happens on Dec. 31?
  • What effect do you think that will have on this dispute?

 

 

B.C. government wants 10-year contract with teachers

Description: B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced she wants a 10-year collective agreement with the province’s teachers.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 10/17/2012

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/clark-eyes-unprecedented-10-year-deal-with-teachers/article4619197/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Why does the B.C. government want a 10-year agreement?
  • Why are such long contracts unusual?
  • What are the advantages of a long-term deal for both parties?
  • What are the disadvantages?
  • Do you think it is likely the two sides will reach a 10-year agreement?

Ontario teachers boycott after-school programs

Description: The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is calling for a “pause” in extra-curricular activities after the Ontario government brought in a bill that freezes their wages and limits their bargaining rights.

Source: The Toronto Star

Date: 09/18/2012

Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257158–parents-scramble-to-explain-teacher-boycotts-to-their-children

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Questions for discussion:

  • What are the teachers doing here?
  • What is work to rule? Why can’t Ontario teachers apply that term to this dispute?
  • How is this situation similar to that in B.C. last year? How is it different?
  • The Toronto Star story describes parents trying to explain this action to students. What would you say if you were a parent?
  • Prof. Doorey asks: “If you think a law like that is a good idea, then should it apply beyond teachers?  Should all employees be required to perform volunteer work, or just teachers?” What do you think?

Mediator in teachers dispute has no mediation experience

Description: The government-appointed mediator in the B.C. teachers dispute has no mediation experience.

Source: The (Vancouver) Province

Date: 03/29/2012

Link: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Academic+asked+mediate+teachers+dispute+mediation+experience/6373806/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What are Dr. Charles Jago’s qualifications to mediate the B.C. teachers dispute?
  • Why is the BCTF upset about his appointment?
  • Do you think they have valid reasons to be concerned?
  • Why or why not?
  • What is unusual about this mediation process?

B.C. teachers plan ‘day of action’

Description: Teachers in B.C. are planning protests in the face of a provincial government plan to legislate an end to their job action.

Source: CTV

Date: 02/27/2012

Link: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120227/bc_teachers_federation_day_of_action_120227/20120227/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

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Questions for discussion:

  • What was the outcome of the government fact finder’s inquiry?
  • Why, according to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, did the government appoint the fact finder?
  • What alternative to a legislated resolution is the Teachers’ Federation proposing?
  • Why would the teachers favour such a step?
  • Why would the government favour a legislated resolution?

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