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I can tell you I have weighed the decision to focus the 2016 negotiations on General Motors (GM) very carefully, and only after a great deal of input from the excellent negotiators and bargaining committees that we have working with us on behalf of Unifor members employed at Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM in Canada.
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I read articles and the comments sections are filled with angry people who think that we are worthless, thankless, and overpaid for an essentially easy job. Truthfully, they are entitled to their opinions, but the actual amount of sheer misinformation surprises me. So allow me, your humble mail carrier, to clarify some things.
OLG has locked workers out of four sites in the last four months of 2015 -- in Brantford, Sudbury, Woodbine/Toronto (all since ended) and most recently Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa. Management locked out 124 of its workers after they rejected what any reasonable observer would conclude was a very lousy offer.
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Martin Coiteux doesn't give the impression he's very interested in negotiating with workers in the public sector. Despite the fact that the Common Front has significantly lowered its demand on pay it seems clear to me that the chair of the Conseil du trésor had already written his speech before he even met with the Common Front.
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What's the most upsetting in all this is the speed with which the government invests large amounts in a private company for a high-risk project at the same time as it is loath to invest in public services. Our government of bankers and businessmen should remember that it is responsible for managing for the common good -- period!
A few days ago, this email popped into my mailbox. I have reproduced it in its entirety here, but I have withheld the name of the student. Hi Andrew, I am a TA at U of T and I saw your blog on HuffPo...
In a sudden, surprise news conference, the federal labour minister welcomed the sudden willingness by both sides to resume talks.
OTTAWA - The federal government is poised to introduce legislation to end a strike by more than 3,000 members of the Teamsters union against Canadian Pacific Railway.A government source told The Canad...
OTTAWA - The federal government will introduce legislation to end a strike by 3,000 members of the Teamsters against CP Rail.A government source says the legi
MONTREAL - The union representing 3,300 locomotive engineers and other train workers at Canadian Pacific Railway has issued strike notice to the company.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union said...
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B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has decided that because about 10 per cent of all B.C. students were identified as having special needs last year, only 10 per cent of students in B.C. schools have special needs. But in fact, the number is a great deal higher that.
Blame generally does not help resolve issues, and it is a poor platform to negotiate from regardless of the issue. Blame is not going to help us get our children back in school, nor is it going to assist us in dealing with the reality that is about to hit.
Stuffed into the 309-page Conservative budget implementation act, Bill C-4, that was tabled last month, are a slew of drastic changes to the federal labour relations system, which will affect the health and safety provisions, human rights protections, and collective bargaining rights of federal workers. As its number suggests, Bill C-4 is truly explosive.
Elevator workers are a silent army that keeps our province moving by ensuring that the 50,000 elevators in workplaces, apartments, hotels, hospitals and schools are running smoothly and safely. On May 1, 1,400 elevator maintenance workers were forced on strike by their employer, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA). While these workers are off the job there is a significant safety concern for the public.