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Guest Blog: Barnacle on Saskatchewan’s Labour Law Reforms and the Legal Challenges Against Them

Guest Blog: Barnacle on Saskatchewan’s Labour Law Reforms and the Legal Challenges Against Them

I noted in a previous entry that reforms were underway in Saskatchewan as the Saskatchewan Party followed in the footsteps of Mike Harris’s Conservative government in Ontario and Gordon Campbell’s…

Steelworkers Apply for Certification at Magna

So, the inevitable has now happened.  Another union–the United Steelworkers–has tried to organize a Magna operation. Recall that Magna entered into a much-hyped preferential organizing agreement with the CAW last…

Toyota’s No Layoff Policy

Toyota’s No Layoff Policy

In the midst of seemingly weekly announcements of layoffs and shutdowns in the Canadian auto industry, check out this story from the U.S. noting how Toyota will not layoff workers in…

Guest Blog: Hirsch on the American Employee Free Choice Act

A while back, I did an entry describing how Wal-Mart was warning its employees in the U.S. about  the horrors that could be bestowed upon them if Obama were to…

TTC Supports the Right to Strike!

Well, here’s something you don’t see all that often anymore.  While the City of Toronto explores the idea of designating the TTC (public transit authority) an “essential service”, the employer…

New Collective Agreement at Wal-Mart

UPDATE Thanks to Stephanie Bernstein, U. Quebec at Montreal, for passing along the award in the Wal-mart interest arbitration.  Stephanie points out an interesting aspect of the decision, which is the…

Neutrality Agreements in Canada

‘Neutrality agreements’ have been used by American unions since the 1970s as a means of improving the probability of union organizing success.  These are privately bargained contracts that define the…

Wal-Mart Store Closing is Off to the Supremes

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave yesterdayto hear two appeals from the Quebec Court of Appeal involving the decision of Wal-Mart to close a store in Saguenay, Que. several years ago after…

Real Pleadings: Fraser v. Ontario (the agricultural workers’ Charter Challenge)

Here’s another installment of “Real Life Pleadings”.  This time, the Court of Appeal case involving Fraser v. Ontario. In May, we noted that the arguments had been made in the…

Plant Closing, Bankruptcies, and Workers’ Claims

There is a story in the Star today about another plant closing, this one at Progressive Moulded Products in Vaughan. The workers have set up a picket line and are…