Unions Canada

5 Things You Should Know About Bill C-377

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The Senate was locked in debate Friday about the fate of a contentious union finance disclosure bill, known as Bill C-377.

WestJet CEO Asks Staff To Think Hard Before Choosing Union

CBC | Posted 06.12.2016 | Canada Business

This is a tense time at WestJet, Canada's second largest airline. Two employee groups — representing pilots and flight attendants — are trying t...

Sunny Freeman

What Canada Can Learn From Sweden's Unionized Retail Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Business

When Toys “R” Us arrived in Sweden in 1995 armed with a translation of its U.S. employee handbook, it underestimated the Swedes’ fierce commitme...

Public Sector Workers Have Right To Strike: Top Court

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A divided Supreme Court of Canada has raised the bar for Ottawa and the provinces in their dealings with public sector employees by affirming...

Sunny Freeman

'A Systematic Attack On The Gains We Have Made Since WW2'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

Hassan Yussuff has come a long way from the auto plant factory floor. The Guyanese immigrant made history earlier this month when he became the first...

Canadian Pacific Exec Said What About Unions?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: A senior exec at a major Canadian company defending unions. That’s what happened at a recent ro...

Canadians ♥ Unions: Poll

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

A majority of Canadians — 56 per cent — hold favourable views of unions, and an even larger majority opposes “right to work” laws backed by so...

Unions: Tories Have 'Declared War'

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

In a sign they have all but given up on talks with the Treasury Board over labour reforms proposed in the federal government's budget bill, union lead...

Sunny Freeman

Tories To Debate Radical Change To Labour Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Business

A number of labour reform proposals on the agenda at this weekend’s Conservative party convention could be signs that the party is shifting further ...

Expect More "Sky Is Falling" Rhetoric From Union Leaders

Terrance Oakey | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

Canada's union leaders are about to engage in another round of "sky is falling" rhetoric over a private members bill they claim is an affront to worker rights, democracy, collective bargaining and basically all things honest and decent in society. What then is the radical proposal being considered?

This Year, I'm Giving Thanks for My Union

Jerry Dias | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

This year I'm thankful for things like a good home and a family to share it with, and the ability to provide for that family and to help our children pursue the opportunities in their lives. I'm also thankful for having been a member of a union which made all that possible. But for this year, too many families are struggling in low-paying and precarious jobs that make it difficult -- if not impossible -- to provide a decent standard of living for their loved ones.

Canada's Young Workers Turning To Unions

The Globe and Mail | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Business

Debra Moore is on the front lines of an upswing in union interest among younger workers. This year, eight of the baristas at one of her coffee shop...

Will Canada's Coffee Shop Workers Unionize?

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Business

HALIFAX - Coffee shop workers in Halifax are leading a push to unionize in what could serve as a model for baristas elsewhere in Canada, one national ...

Ontario Elevator Strike: Not an Uplifting Experience for Patients

Gerry Som | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Gerry Som

Imagine an elderly patient trying to climb five stories to see his/her doctor in an outpatient clinic. Should this be happening in Canada, the country we love, where we respect our elders and care for the sick? Have service disruptions become one of the only few ways to conduct negotiations and resolve issues?

Bill C-525 is the Conservatives' Latest Salvo Against Union Workers

Dave Coles | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Dave Coles

The Conservatives have launched another salvo in their war against working people. Bill C-525 needs to be seen in the context of the government's low-wage strategy. It's the latest step in the Conservatives' bid to reduce workers' power to the benefit of the business class.

Tim Hudak Takes a Page Out of the U.S. Labour Policy Playbook

Dave Coles | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Dave Coles

While Hudak claims to be promoting "worker choice," attacking unions' financial security is designed to weaken a civil society critic and empower big business. I'd bet Hudak's Republican lobbying firm knows a little something about that.

Sunny Freeman

Why Is No One Willing To Say This Tory Bill Is Legal?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Business

Critics of a controversial bill requiring unions to disclose in-depth financial details are calling on its supporters to produce a constitutional expe...

The Worst Thing You Can Call a Union Leader? A Boss

Yves Engler | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Why do the most right-wing politicians and corporate news outlets always use the term "union boss"? Because the worst thing they can think of is to say the leader of a labour organization acts like a capitalist? Strangely, one of the main reasons workers seek to unionize is to protect themselves from the arbitrary power of bosses.

Mr. Poilièvre, the End Does Not Justify the Means

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Dear Mr. Poilièvre: Everyone knows how little empathy the government, including yourself, has towards unions. In reality, Bill C-377 is your way of attacking a workers freedom of association. As a Senator, I refuse to take advice from someone who is against a firearms registry but is in favour of creating a registry of union data.

Labour President Says Harper Majority Sharpens Union Opposition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The head of a major labour group says changes brought in by the Harper government dealing with working Canadians is galvanizing union opposi...

Exploding Debt, Chinese Invasions .. And Mark Carney

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Business

It's been a year of ups and downs for Canadian business. On the downside, the economy grew sluggishly, the long-running housing boom turned to bus...

Controversial 'Anti-Union' Bill Passes House

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - With his private-member's bill on union finances now before the Senate, Conservative MP Russ Hiebert says he's confident it can withstand a c...

A Canadian Super-Union Is Born

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Business

The union that will soon become the largest in Canada's private sector will seek to double its size by organizing new workplaces and opening up its ra...

Rachel Mendleson

Future Of Canada's Unions At Stake In Auto Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Business

One of the most intense rounds of auto-sector contracts talks in recent memory could become a defining moment in the struggle of Canada’s labour mov...

Think Unions Are Outdated? A New Generation Disagrees

Morna Ballantyne | Posted 11.03.2012 | Canada Business
Morna Ballantyne

Our research has uncovered a new generation of Canadians willing to sign up to the new union project. We've found that a majority (53 per cent) of younger Canadians under the age of 30 say they would join a union if given the opportunity. That's the highest level of any demographic we asked.