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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…

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

The Global Labour Research Centre (of which I am a faculty associate) at York University is hosting its annual Graduate Student Symposium on October 26-27.  Looks like a great line…

To My American Friends: How Canada’s High Court Dealt with a Janus-Like Union Dues Challenge

To My American Friends: How Canada’s High Court Dealt with a Janus-Like Union Dues Challenge

A potentially explosive antiunion decision from the highly politicized and polarized US Supreme Court may be coming down the pipes. The Court agreed to hear an appeal in a case called Janus…

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

There was an interesting development over the weekend in the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canada’s negotiating team put a demand on the table that the US effectively end so-called “right to work”…

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

After much fanfare and public consultation, the Changing Workplaces Review was released in May 2017.   Some 150 pages of that report was devoted to the Labour Relations Act and the mission…

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Last week, Justice Paul Perell, my former Property Law prof, dismissed a $2 billion class action lawsuit filed against Loblaws and Joe Fresh by victims of the infamous Rana Plaza…

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

I spent this week at the premier labour law conference in the world organized by the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and this year the conference was held in my…

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

There’s a well-known adage in labour law circles that politically driven, ideological legal reforms that sway too far from the established centre, too far in favour or against collective bargaining,…

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1): A Look at the Unionization Proposals

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1):  A Look at the Unionization Proposals

May 26 2017 The long-awaited final report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) was released this week.  The Report was written by two experienced labour lawyers representing both sides of…

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