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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…

On French Stereotypes and the Case of the “Aggressive” Milestones Waiter

On French Stereotypes and the Case of the “Aggressive” Milestones Waiter

March 28 2018 A curious little case out of British Columbia recently made international news.  I first read about the case in The Guardian from England, and later saw a…

How Will the York Strike End?

How Will the York Strike End?

UPDATE:    March 27 2018 On March 27, York University exercised its legal right to request that the government conduct a “final offer vote” (see below) on its last offer…

Someone (a York Employee) Purchased “CUPE3903.com” to Redirect Traffic to York University’s Strike Page. Did They Break Any Laws?

Someone (a York Employee) Purchased “CUPE3903.com” to Redirect Traffic to York University’s Strike Page.  Did They Break Any Laws?

UPDATE 2 (APRIL 4 2018): Time for another brief update on this post, which began about a month ago when I discussed what was then a hypothetical scenario:  What if…

Impaired Driving Not Cause for Dismissal of Assistant Fire Chief

Impaired Driving Not Cause for Dismissal of Assistant Fire Chief

February 22 2018 An Assistant Fire Chief driving is pulled over for suspected impaired driving whereupon he fails two breathalyzer tests.  He was driving the Fire Chief’s truck, which was…

Guest Blog: Professor Emeritus Roy Adams on Protecting the Right of College Teachers to Strike

Guest Blog:  Professor Emeritus Roy Adams on Protecting the Right of College Teachers to Strike

 February 13 2018 Professor Emeritus Roy Adams (McMaster) has been a dogged advocate of the movement to treat labour rights as human rights for many years.   His work has…

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

A headline in the National Post today proclaims that a waitress fired for “not smiling enough” was reinstated “by court”.  Reminds me of a case I worked on in the…

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

Happy new year! This story from the CBC on a Tim Horton’s franchisee penalizing its employees by taking away a list of contractual entitlements and blaming it on the new…

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

I have written a couple of explanatory posts (see here and here) on Ontario’s new Bill 148 legislation, which amends parts of the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, and Occupational Health…

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”. Now What?

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”.  Now What?

November 16 2017 The college instructors represented by OPSEU have soundly rejected the College Employer Council’s proposed collective agreement put to them in a forced “final offer vote”.  The 5…