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Will Union Information Disclosure Law Apply to the Kiwanis Club?

Will Union Information Disclosure Law Apply to the Kiwanis Club?

August 25, 2015 Is life about to get a whole lot more complicated for the Kiwanis Club and the Royal Canadian Legion?   These “clubs” are the latest micro-group to be…

A Primer on the Teacher’s Strike Decision

A Primer on the Teacher’s Strike Decision

The big teachers’ strike decision is due to be released this week.   High school teachers in Durham region, Peel, and Ontario’s north have been on strike since  late April.  They…

Trump Hotel Employees Win Union Drive After Creative Campaign

Trump Hotel Employees Win Union Drive After Creative Campaign

There’s a good story in the Star today about the successful efforts of workers at Toronto’s Trump hotel to win union certification.  UNITE Here Local 75 is the union.  The…

SCC Revisits, Clarifies (Sort of) Constructive Dismissal Law

SCC Revisits, Clarifies (Sort of) Constructive Dismissal Law

March 31, 2015 March was a good month for me.  I was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada twice in the span of about a week!  The first citation…

Professor Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law) Gives Annual Innis Christie Lecture

Professor Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law) Gives Annual Innis Christie Lecture

The 5th Annual Innis Christie Lecture on Labour and Employment Law was presented last fall at Dalhouse Law School in Halifax.  The keynote speaker was my friend Cynthia Estlund of NYU Law…

Wilson v. Atomic Energy: Has the Court Read Out the Federal Reinstatement Power?

Wilson v. Atomic Energy: Has the Court Read Out the Federal Reinstatement Power?

Original Post: February 23, 2015 Last month, the Federal Court of Appeal issued a surprise decision, ruling that the “unjust dismissal” provisions in Section 240-246 of the Canada Labour Code…

Some Legal Thoughts on the Long, Cold Beer Can Strike

Some Legal Thoughts on the Long, Cold Beer Can Strike

February 12, 2015 Earlier this week I was asked to join Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning to talk about a strike that has dragged on a beer can production…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Limiting RCMP’s Right to Collective Bargaining

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Limiting RCMP’s Right to Collective Bargaining

Published January 16, 2015 A couple of big Supreme Court of Canada decisions on freedom of association were released today.  In the first, Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada, the…

Top 10 Most Read Law of Work Posts of 2014

Top 10 Most Read Law of Work Posts of 2014

Originally published on December 3, 2014. It’s that time of the year to wind down and reflect on the past year in work law.   We’re heading into exams at…

New Toronto Union Adopts “Do It Yourself” Model, By-Passing Union Certification Process

New Toronto Union Adopts “Do It Yourself” Model, By-Passing Union Certification Process

A union formed earlier in 2014 called the Toronto Harm Reductions Workers Union (THRWU) has adopted a strategy they call “do it yourself” unionism. This means apparently by-passing the formal union…