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A Successful Strike Vote is All That Stands in the Way of Employer Imposing Contract Terms

A Successful Strike Vote is All That Stands in the Way of Employer Imposing Contract Terms

September 16 2018 At York University, where I work, not a single full-time faculty member wants there to be a work stoppage.  I presume neither does the employer.   Lord…

Unifor Posts Photos of Replacement Workers as Gander Lockout Drags On

Unifor Posts Photos of Replacement Workers as Gander Lockout Drags On

 September 10, 2018 Unionized workers in Gander have been locked out by a Kansas-based company called D-J Composites since December 2016.  Let that sink in.  For almost two years, the…

Does a Recent Wrongful Dismissal Case Demonstrate a Key Omission from Canadian Labour Law?

Does a Recent Wrongful Dismissal Case Demonstrate a Key Omission from Canadian Labour Law?

I’m back from a short hiatus, and hope to be more vigilant with this blog in the coming months.  I’ve been busy writing an 800 page book, running York University’s…

The Back to Class Act (York University): A Quick Summary

The Back to Class Act (York University):  A Quick Summary

July 18 2018 Earlier this week, the new Conservative government in Ontario introduced Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018.   Schedule 3 of Bill 2 is the York Back to Work…

What Might the Doug Ford Conservatives Do to Labour Law?

What Might the Doug Ford Conservatives Do to Labour Law?

June 12 2018 Is labour law armageddon on the horizon in Ontario? The big win by Doug Ford and the Conservatives last week has raised concerns that Ontario’s labour law…

An “Epic” American Labor Law Case Through a Canadian Lens

An “Epic” American Labor Law Case Through a Canadian Lens

May 29 2018 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in an important decision that mandatory arbitration clauses inserted by employers into employment contracts block employees from joining a class…

Special Investigator Kaplan Recommends Interest Arbitration, Criticizes CUPE’s Bargaining Strategy

Special Investigator Kaplan Recommends Interest Arbitration, Criticizes CUPE’s Bargaining Strategy

The special Industrial Inquiry Commissioner, William Kaplan, has issued his final report.  For reasons that are not clear to me, the government does not appear to release these Industrial Inquiry…

Province Turns to Little Used Industrial Inquiry Commission at York University

Province Turns to Little Used Industrial Inquiry Commission at York University

April 13 2018 The long road to a resolution of the six week long bitter strike of contract faculty at York University took a new twist today as the province…

CUPE3903 Soundly Rejects York’s “Final Offer” in Forced Vote. Now What?

CUPE3903 Soundly Rejects York’s “Final Offer” in Forced Vote.  Now What?

 April 9 2018 Striking CUPE3903 members at York University have soundly rejected York University’s proposed collective agreement. The Vote Results The results of the vote, which was ordered after York…

Real Pleadings: York and CUPE File Competing Unfair Labour Practice Complaints

Real Pleadings:  York and CUPE File Competing Unfair Labour Practice Complaints

March 28 2018 Instructors represented by CUPE 3093 have been on strike since March 5.  This past week there were a couple of notable legal developments which have escalated the…

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