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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…

Sniffer Dogs and the Workplace?

Did you see the Supreme Court of Canada decision last month dealing with the use of police drug sniffing dogs at a high school? It reminded me of a case…

It’s a Dirty Job…

It’s a Dirty Job…

These dump truck drivers are fed up, and they’re not going to take it anymore.  Dirt that is.   In a protest about working conditions and safety practices, hundreds of dump…

Another Twist on Neutrality Agreements

Thanks to Workplace Prof Blog for posting this story about a neutrality agreement in the U.S. involving two unions, SEIU and United-Here, and two employers, Sodexo Inc. and Compass Group.  The agreement…

Can Toronto Declare the TTC an “essential service”?

You might have seen the flurry of articles recently on a motion put to Toronto city council that the TTC be declared an essential service.   The provincial government would have to…

Buzz on Back-To-Work Laws

This opinion piece is written by Buzz Hargrove, Director of the Canadian Auto Workers.  His beef is with the quick and non-contested nature of the back-to-work legislation rushed through the legislature ending…

Organizing Part-Time College Instructors – Writing on the Wall?

This story describes the efforts of OPSEU to organize part-time college instructors.  They claim to have collected enough membership cards to be entitled to a vote.  Trouble is, the Ontario Labour…

Battle in TTC Union?

Here’s an article on the TTC strike. Pay attention to how personalities and politics can influence industrial relations outcomes.   This sort of internal union politicking is not uncommon–it is a…