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Federal Labour Law Amendments: Harder to Certify a Union (and Easier to Decertify a Union)

Posted in Unions

On December 16, 2014, the Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (“Code”), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Public Sector Labour Relations Act (certification and revocation – bargaining agent), also referred to as theEmployees’ Voting Rights Act received Royal Assent and became law.  This new legislation significantly changes the rules for certifying and decertifying a union for federally regulated employers.  Those changes essentially make it easier to decertify a union and harder to certify one.

The amendments to certification and decertification requirements bring the Code in line with the labour legislation in several … Continue Reading

Ontario Government Proposes Major Changes to Workplace Legislation

Posted in Employment Standards, Labour Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Unions, Wage and Hours, Workers Compensation

On December 4, 2013, the Ontario government introduced Bill 146, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013. Bill 146 implements some of the recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission of Ontario that submitted a report on vulnerable workers.

Although the bill has just been introduced, if it passes through the legislature and then receives royal assent, it will have a significant impact on workplace regulation in Ontario. Some of the key proposed changes (which are summarized in detail here) include the following:… Continue Reading

Public Sector Unions Continue the Struggle to Remain Relevant

Posted in Labour Relations, Litigation, Unions

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has confirmed that the restrictions on the right to strike in the Public Service Essential Services Act do not violate the freedom of association found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In relying upon the 1987 decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal confirmed that “the freedom of association does not comprehend the right to strike.”… Continue Reading