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Stripping Collective Bargaining Rights Causes Irreparable Harm, Alberta Judge Rules

Stripping Collective Bargaining Rights Causes Irreparable Harm, Alberta Judge Rules

Government attacks on collective bargaining rights of its employees in Alberta and B.C. have run into judicial road blocks in recent weeks.  I summarized the case from B.C. recently, in…

A Letter from Canada to Volkswagen: Our Labor Laws Are a Better Fit for You

A Letter from Canada to Volkswagen: Our Labor Laws Are a Better Fit for You

Update:  The powerful head of the German Volkswagen union has said he will urge VW not to invest any more in antiunion, southern US Right to Work states where politicians…

Guest Blog by Michael Lynk: York University Made Correct Call on Accommodation

Guest  Blog by Michael Lynk: York University Made Correct Call on Accommodation

There has been an ongoing debate about a decision of a York University professor to refuse a religious accommodation request by a student to be exempted from an in-person group…

Charting the Relationship Between Falling Unionization, Growing Income Inequality, and ‘Right to Work” Laws

Charting the Relationship Between Falling Unionization, Growing Income Inequality, and ‘Right to Work” Laws

Here’s a topic of interest in Ontario right now, as the Ontario Conservative Party under boss Tim Hudak seek to model Ontario’s labour laws after US states like Mississipi, Florida,…

B.C. Government Violates Freedom of Association (Again): Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Damages

B.C. Government Violates Freedom of Association (Again): Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Damages

A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that the B.C. government knowingly violated Section 2(d) of the Charter [freedom of association], and ordered the government to pay $2 million in…

Ontario’s Latest Study on the Minimum Wage To Release Report Today: Some Background

Ontario’s Latest Study on the Minimum Wage To Release Report Today: Some Background

Yet another government study of the minimum wage is set to be released today.  This one is chaired by my friend and colleague Anil Verma of the University of Toronto.…

Can You Be Fired for Your Political Beliefs?

Can You Be Fired for Your Political Beliefs?

From January 2014. The Federal Tories are at it again.  Some obscure backbencher has proposed a Private Members’ Bill ‘with the full support of the Prime Minister’s Office’.  This is…

Richtree Learns it’s Still Unionized, Despite Attempt to Escape Collective Agreement, Union

Richtree Learns it’s Still Unionized, Despite Attempt to Escape Collective Agreement, Union

The Ontario Labour Relations Board issued an interesting decision yesterday that attracted some media attention. Here’s a Toronto Star piece.  The case involved unionized employees of Richtree restaurant at the…

Most Read Entries from 2013

Most Read Entries from 2013

Another year done.  Time to sign off for 2013.  Next year should be a very interesting one for labour and employment law (then again, what year isn’t these days?).  A…

Guest Blog: Professor Michael Lynk’s Top 5 Labour & Employment Law Cases from 2013

Guest Blog:  Professor Michael Lynk’s Top 5 Labour & Employment Law Cases from 2013

Professor Michael Lynk (UWO, Faculty of Law) has been a regular contributor to Law of Work blog over the years, and his occasional Top 5 Most Important Cases lists are…