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The Vote versus Card-Check Debate Again: Saskatchewan

The Saskatechewan Party, following on the heals of Mike Harris’s Conservative Party in Ontario and Gordon Campbell’s Liberal Party in B.C., intend to make significant changes to provincial labour laws. …

The G.M. Injunction Decision

Justice Salmers issued his decision in the G.M. injunction on June 13th.  Here it is.  It’s an interesting decision. Ultimately, G.M. gets its injunction, because the court believed the company and…

The G.M. Injunction

Here’s yet another story about the G.M. events, this time involving G.M.’s attempt to obtain an injunction to stop the CAW members and supporters from picketing outside the company’s head…

Is Refusing to Disclose a Criminal Conviction ‘Just Cause’ for Dismissal?

The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that failing to disclose a manslaughter conviction in an employment application did not amount to ‘just cause’ for dismissal of a…

Here’s the G.M. Collective Agreement Language

Thank you to Buzz Hargrove for sending me the relevant collective agreement language in the G.M. – C.A.W. collective agreement.   Recall that the C.A.W. has said publicly that the…

Guest Blog: Hirsch on Whether the CAW could strike GM if U.S. law applied?

The CAW came away empty handed from the their meeting with GM leaders in Detroit, and the union has now revved up its threats of a ‘wildcat’ strike, which means…

G.M. Closure and Strikes in Canada

Check out this excerpt from the Canadian Press Story today on G.M.’s surprise announcement that it is closing its truck assembly plant in Oshawa: Hargrove said the union wasn’t ruling out anything…

General Motors Closure

General Motors announced today that it intends to shut down 4 Canadian factories, including a plant in Oshawa that employs over 2500 workers.   The announcement has infuriated the Canadian Auto…

Some Thoughts on Canadian Unionization Rates

Cancac, a cabinet maker north of Toronto, just announced it’s closing its factory and moving production to its North Carolina factory.  This will result in a loss of 1000 unionized…

Holding Canadian Companies Liable for Foreign Labour Abuses?

 In December 2007, the NDP (Peter Julian, M.P.) introduced a Private Member’s Bill (Bill C-492) the International promotion and protection of Human Rights Act (IPPHRA). Hearings on the Bill are…