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U.S. Retail Employers Fear Obama and Unions

I noted in an eariler posting that Wal-Mart had been accused of holding mandatory employee meetings (captive audience meetings) to warn employees that voting Democrat could be bad for their…

Wal-Mart’s Continued Assault on the Rights of Workers

Wal-Mart’s continued campaign of punishing workers who exercise their fundamental and constitutional right to join a union has raised its ugly head yet again.  This time, Wal-Mart has announced it…

The Apology Act and Employment Law

The Apology Act and Employment Law

The Ontario government appears ready to enact a new Apology Act. This curious little bit of legislation is intended to encourage people to say sorry for misdeeds without fear that…

Political Strikes

Thanks to our friends at the American Workplace Prof Blog for this story about an interesting strike in West Virginia.  Apparently, the unionized workers all stayed home for a day…

Strikes, and all that…

The Windsor faculty strike and VIVA transit strike linger on.  I couldn’t help but notice the hostile tone of the ‘comments’ to the stories in the media, posted by the…

VIVA Transit Drivers Strike

We noted last week that the VIVA bus drivers were in legal position to strike.  It looked briefly like a last minute deal would avert a strike, but the drivers…

TTC Drug Testing: Update

So the TTC has announced its intention to introduce drug-testing for employees, but it backed off significantly from its earlier threat to use random drug testing, a process that raises…

Windsor University Strike: Details

As noted yesterday, the professors at the U. of Windsor have taken to the picked lines, effectively shutting down the university.  The union seems well prepared for this strike.  Professors…

Compulsory Union Dues: Fact and Fiction

Did you catch the editorial comment by John Mortimer in the National Post over the Labour Day weekend?  Mortimer is the head of a business lobby group dedicated to abolishing…

Steelworkers and Magna: The Certification Vote Outcome

The Steelworkers’ attempt (see earlier posting)  to organize a Magna facility, Formet Industries in St. Thomas has failed in convincing fashion. The result of the vote was 717 against unionization and…