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A Cross Country Update on the Card-Check versus Mandatory Ballots Debate in Canada

A Cross Country Update on the Card-Check versus Mandatory Ballots Debate in Canada

October 3 2018 I’m heading to Harvard Law School next week for the Clean Slate Project meetings to do a talk on the state of Canadian labour law, with an…

Tweet of the Day: “Economists are Starting to Suspect that Unions Were a Better Deal than Textbooks Made Them Out To Be”

Tweet of the Day:  “Economists are Starting to Suspect that Unions Were a Better Deal than Textbooks Made Them Out To Be”

September 24 2018 This is my absolute new favourite headline on #IndustrialRelations and #LabourEconomists.   The accompanying article provides a nice, brief summary of the long-standing debates about What Unions…

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…

A Wrongful Dismissal Case and the Absence of a Right of Employees to Act Collectively

A Wrongful Dismissal Case and the Absence of a Right of Employees to Act Collectively

August 28 2018 I want to start the 2018-19 academic year with an interesting issue that I have written about periodically over the years.  It has to do with the…

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…

Liberals Introduce Back to Work Legislation to End York Strike

Liberals Introduce Back to Work Legislation to End York Strike

May 7 2018 The Liberals finally delivered York University what it wanted all along: interest arbitration.  It took two months from the commencement of a bitter strike.  Here is a…

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…

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