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Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

June 28 2016 Crazy week in Britain, huh. Among the most amazing things about the Brexit result, in my mind, is that such a momentous decision was left to be…

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

I chaired a panel last weekend in St. Johns for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers that considered the collective bargaining aspects of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).  The CWR interim…

The Collective Bargaining Part of Law of Work (coming 2017)

The Collective Bargaining Part of Law of Work (coming 2017)

May 26, 2016 My new book The Law of Work was released late last fall and is already in use at universities across the country of courses in Employment Law.…

You Can Now Search Ontario Collective Agreements

You Can Now Search Ontario Collective Agreements

Many years ago, when I was a mere Masters’ of Industrial Relations student at U of Toronto, I had a summer job working for John O’Grady (shout out to John!),…

The Model of Sectoral Collective Bargaining Everyone is Whispering About

The Model of Sectoral Collective Bargaining Everyone is Whispering About

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR), chaired by the Honourable Justice John Murray and respected senior labour lawyer Michael Mitchell, is set to release its Interim Report soon.  A central objective…

Ontario Government Violated Charter With “Ill Conceived” Bill 115

Ontario Government Violated Charter With “Ill Conceived” Bill 115

April 21, 2016 The Ontario government’s legislation restricting collective bargaining and the right to strike of hundreds of school board employees, including teachers and administrative workers, violated those workers’ right…

Congratulations to Professor Roy Adams on LERA Fellow Award

Congratulations to Professor Roy Adams on LERA Fellow Award

Congratulations to Canada’s own Professor Roy Adams, who was recently awarded a prestigious American Labor and Employment Relations Association Fellow Award for scholars. The Fellow Award is awarded to “recognize…

Could CUPE 416 Members Refuse to Cross CUPE 79 Picket Line?

Could CUPE 416 Members Refuse to Cross CUPE 79 Picket Line?

This morning it was announced that CUPE 416 (the ‘outside workers’ ) and the City of Toronto had reached a tentative collective agreement.  That means that CUPE 416 members will…

YUFA and York University Reach a Tentative Agreement

YUFA and York University Reach a Tentative Agreement

Soooo, I was in the process of writing a blog entry about the legalities of a strike vote scheduled to take place this week at York University when I received…

Does the City of Toronto Intend to Impose a New Contract on City Workers?

Does the City of Toronto Intend to Impose a New Contract on City Workers?

January 29, 2016 The media is reporting today that the City of Toronto has requested what is known as a “No Board Report” from the Minister of Labour in its…