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Is the NBA Lockout Illegal in Canada?

Is the NBA Lockout Illegal in Canada?

HAPPY CANADA DAY!  The NBA may find Canada to be a big pain in the ass. Here’s an issue that occasionally arises in the pro sports leagues that have Canadian…

Postal Union to Challenge Back-to-Work Law

Postal Union to Challenge Back-to-Work Law

Canadian Press is reporting today that CUPW intends to challenge Bill 6, the Tory legislation that ordered an end to the employer’s lockout of the workers.  Here is the Globe…

On the Canada Post Debates: Should We Begrudge Unions for Fighting Back?

On the Canada Post Debates:  Should We Begrudge Unions for Fighting Back?

How often do we see an all night House of Commons debates over principles these days? The debate is over the very interventionist and deliberately provocative Bill 6 introduced by the…

Fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Dukes v. Walmart

Fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Dukes v. Walmart

The criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a class action gender discrimination lawsuit this week continues to flow in.  The decision was not unexpected, given the conservative slant…

Canadian Civil Liberties Associations Condemns Back to Work Legislation

Canadian Civil Liberties Associations Condemns Back to Work Legislation

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has asked the Federal government to reconsider its approach to labour relations during these early days of the majority government. The CCLA argues that the…

The Canada Post Back-to-Work Legislation

The Canada Post Back-to-Work Legislation

June 20, 2011 The Conservatives certainly have again been busy drafting restrictive labour legislation this week.  Earlier I discussed the  Bill that would have ordered an end to the Air Canada…

Target Employees in New York Vote Against Unionization; Union Alleges Unfair Labor Practices

Target Employees in New York Vote Against Unionization; Union Alleges Unfair Labor Practices

I noted last week the efforts by the UFCW to organize employees of Target in New York.  Round one is over. A vote was held and the workers at one…

The Government’s Attempt to Legislate Air Canada’s Bargaining Agenda

The Government’s Attempt to Legislate Air Canada’s Bargaining Agenda

Welcome to the new Canadian nanny state, curtesy of  the majority Conservative government. The Air Canada strike ended with a settlement this week.  I haven’t seen the terms, but the…

Target’s Anti-Union Video, with My Commentary for (Future) Canadian Target Employees

Target’s Anti-Union Video, with My Commentary for (Future) Canadian Target Employees

Thanks to one of my students for sending along this link to Target’s anti-union indoctrination video for new employees. Apparently, Target used unionized actors to the make the video, which is pretty…

On Strikes, Replacement Workers, and Back-to-Work Legislation

On Strikes, Replacement Workers, and Back-to-Work Legislation

Wow.  What a week for industrial relations teachers!  There’s been a steady stream of real-world examples of course materials.   Here are some quick notes for class: Once the Parties…