Canadian Unions

How Canada's Labour Movement Is Redefining Its Role

CP | Alexandra Bosanac, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Business

Labour Day celebrations across Canada this year come at a time when organized labour is in the midst of redefining its role in the workforce as a decl...

It's Only Fair

Paul Moist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paul Moist

In many ways the Canadian Union of Public Employees is a much different union than it was 50 years ago, as evident from the photos from our founding c...

Another Super-Union In Canada?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Telecommunications Workers Union and the United Steelworkers say they have reached a tentative agreement to merge.The proposed combinati...

Are You Living in One of These Superior Canadian Communities?

Ken Georgetti | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada
Ken Georgetti

Of the 30 communities we studied, we found that decent middle class family-supporting wages translate into vibrant communities. Unionized workers spend their pay cheques close to home. They buy at local businesses and bolster the tax base which, in turn, supports public works, community services and charities.

Do Unions Trump Your Right To Privacy?

Karen Selick | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

One Ontario government employee complained that her home was picketed by co-workers after she chose to work during a strike. Her name was placed on a "scab list" and circulated to her neighbours. She was followed from her home to her son's school. Messages were left on her machine by people calling themselves "the Oshawa mob."

Bill C-377 a.k.a. The Expensive, Unfair to Unions Bill

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The Conservative government has a disturbing habit of introducing significant changes to Canadian public policy by sleight of hand. Bill C-377 would force every labour organization in Canada to file detailed financial information. It is more about helping employers, the Conservative Party and special interest groups with close ties to them. If passed, Bill C-377 will tip the balance of labour relations in Canada.

The Human Right That Canadian Unions Ignore

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Following the approval of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), the union is about to merge with Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) and will form the largest private sector union in Canada. Unfortunately, unions have set compulsory membership in various collective agreement and dues are mandatory in Canada even when unions use them for political or ideological purposes. Individual workers should also be able to choose to associate or not. It's a basic right.

This Labour Day, Consider the Union Advantage

Ken Georgetti | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

On Labour Day we celebrate the many contributions of working people who helped to build our country and its economy. Despite negative comments about unions from some business groups, we do make a positive difference in the health of our communities. Our research study highlights 29 separate communities across the country to show the benefits that unionized workers provide. In short, these communities are better places to work and live.

Althia Raj

Awkward: Union Workers Reject Offer By Big Canadian Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 06.26.2012 | Canada Politics

One of Canada’s largest unions finds itself in the uncomfortable position of rejecting demands made by a small group of its own casual workers who w...

Rachel Mendleson

Global Group Sees ‘Coordinated Attack’ On Unions In Canada

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada Business

The world’s largest confederation of labour groups has criticized the Conservative government in a new report, saying Ottawa’s repeated use of bac...

Rachel Mendleson

Mind The Gap: Readers Weigh In On Unions And The Great Divide

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada Business

Public debate over the role of labour unions has always been highly polarized, so it should come as no surprise that public reaction to The Huffingt...

Attacks on Unions Hurting All Canadians

Paul Moist | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

Whether it's labour rights, the long gun registry, the Canadian Wheat Board, approaches to combating crime or illegal drug use -- the list can go on and on and on -- the message from the Harper Conservatives is clear: if you don't agree with us, we will come after you.