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In the News: Three Legal Strategies for Low Wage Service Sector Workers

In the News:  Three Legal Strategies for Low Wage Service Sector Workers

Scrolling through the morning newspapers, I spotted three stories today describing distinct efforts by low wage service sector workers to obtain improved conditions of work through legal mechanisms: Through Unionization:…

Newfoundland & Labrador Introduces Unionization Card-Check Model

Newfoundland & Labrador Introduces Unionization Card-Check Model

Newfoundland & Labrador’s Conservative government is amending their labour laws.  Here is Bill 37, An Act to Amend the Labour Relations Act, which I believe just passed Third Reading, meaning it…

Alberta Joins the Bad Employer Sunshine List Parade. Should We Go Further Still?

Alberta Joins the Bad Employer Sunshine List Parade.  Should We Go Further Still?

How about that? The Conservative government in Alberta has followed the Ontario lead by publishing Bad Employers on a government website, employers who have had judgements filed in court against…

Round 3 in Air Canada’s Labour Woes Goes to Air Canada. A Recap

Round 3 in Air Canada’s Labour Woes Goes to Air Canada.  A Recap

The first arbitration award under the various Air Canada back to work legislation was issued this week.  It was decided pursuant to Bill C-33, which applied to the maintenance crews…

This Friday: Workshop on the Future on Collective Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector

This Friday:  Workshop on the Future on Collective Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector

I am Chairing a panel at this Friday’s interesting and timely workshop on the future of collective bargaining, and prospects for labour law reform in the broader public sector.  The…

Ontario Court of Appeal: State Mandated, Non-Independent Employee Association Not a Violation of Charter

Ontario Court of Appeal: State Mandated, Non-Independent Employee Association Not a Violation of Charter

I’m back from my conference in Hawaii, where I heard a lot about Chinese labour law.  In China, the state creates the only union allowed, and that union occasionally advocates for…

The Peculiar Legal Treatment of Tips in Employment Standards Law

The Peculiar Legal Treatment of Tips in Employment Standards Law

There’s  a story in the Star today about a grievance filed by unionized employees of the Four Seasons, who have been terminated upon closing of the hotel.  They are mad…

“This is Not Collective Bargaining; this is collective bullying”: Senator Cowan. Great Exchange in Canadian Senate on Back to Work Legislation

“This is Not Collective Bargaining; this is collective bullying”: Senator Cowan.  Great Exchange in Canadian Senate on Back to Work Legislation

Not many Canadians pay attention to the activities of the Canadian Senate. But interesting debates occur there all the time. I noted to the Twitosphere this morning that I was…

Here is Bill C-39: Restoring Rail Services Act. Meet the New Bill, (Not) the Same as the Old Bill(s)

Here is Bill C-39: Restoring Rail Services Act.  Meet the New Bill, (Not) the Same as the Old Bill(s)

Here is the link to the newest in a line of highly interventionist federal legislation restricting collective bargaining and the right to strike and lockout. This one is called Bill…

Feds Ready to Introduce Yet Another Back-to-Work Bill, this time for CP Rail

Feds Ready to Introduce Yet Another Back-to-Work Bill, this time for CP Rail

The story is now repeating itself so frequently that it is difficult to come up with any new and interesting to say:  Federally regulated employer and its union engage in…