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PM Trudeau’s Mandate Letter to Minister of Labour Promises to Repeal Antiunion Law

PM Trudeau’s Mandate Letter to Minister of Labour Promises to Repeal Antiunion Law

December 8, 2016 Labour law history teaches us that partisan or ideologically driven laws that shift the balance of power too far in favour of employers or unions rarely survive…

Did NHL Violate the Ontario Labour Relations Act?

Did NHL Violate the Ontario Labour Relations Act?

The National Hockey League’s decision to terminate referee Dean Warren in 2008 has cost the League thousands of dollars in litigation costs so far.  Thanks to a ruling last week…

Did the Liberals Violate the Labour Relations Act By Giving Money to Teachers Unions?

Did the Liberals Violate the Labour Relations Act By Giving Money to Teachers Unions?

November 18, 2015 Last month, the Globe and Mail reported that the Liberals had agreed to pay three teachers’ unions money amounting in total to more than $3 million to cover…

CBC Radio Documentary on 22 Month Strike at Crown Holdings and Labour Policy

CBC Radio Documentary on 22 Month Strike at Crown Holdings and Labour Policy

November 16, 2015 Back in February of this year, I wrote a post describing the background to the horrible 22 month labour dispute at Crown Holdings, a American corporation that set…

Will the Ban on TTC Strikes Be Ruled Unconstitutional?

Will the Ban on TTC Strikes Be Ruled Unconstitutional?

October 27, 2015 Will the Ban on TTC Strikes Be Ruled Unconstitutional? The union that represents TTC workers wants a right to strike again and it’s going to court to…

My New Paper: A Law of Just Transitions: Putting Labor Law to Work on Climate Change

My New Paper:  A Law of Just Transitions: Putting Labor Law to Work on Climate Change

A few years ago, I was asked to participate as a labour law expert on a giant research project run out of York University called Work in a Warming World.…

Will Ontario Pursue Greater Unionization in the Service Sector?

Will Ontario Pursue Greater Unionization in the Service Sector?

September 8 2o15 You are likely aware that the Ontario government is presently studying possible reforms to the provinces labour and employment laws. The Ministry of Labour released a detailed “Guide…

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…