Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Aug
2015
3

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So

Only 37% of Canadian Companies Ordered to Pay Back Stolen Wages Do So
  An op-ed from The Toronto Star sheds light on the lack of effort being put into fighting wage theft by the Harper government and the effect it has on Canadian workers.  The conservative government under Harper is well-known for anti-unionism, but the unwillingness to fight common illegal behavior by businesses reveals how entrenched this…
Jul
2015
2

Invasive, Hypocritical Union “Transparency” Bill Passes in Canada After Years of Political Wrangling

Invasive, Hypocritical Union
  On the last day of its legislative session, the Canadian Senate voted 35-22 in favor of C-377, an anti-labor bill that will unnecessarily force unions to submit to burdensome disclosure standards.  A constitutional challenge is likely upcoming. Opposition to the bill is fierce and labor groups have promised to make every attempt to repeal…
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Jan
2015
23

In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

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  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and engaging in collective bargaining are constitutional rights for Canadian citizens.  The question arose from a case in which the Mounted Police Associations of Ontario — “Mounties” as they’re affectionately referred to —…
Dec
2014
11

Canada’s Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month

Canada's Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month
  The province of Alberta has the lowest union density of any Canadian province. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has led to unsafe working conditions for construction workers. In 2012 Alberta had a unionization rate of 23.5 percent, well below the national average of 31.5 percent.  As The Militant reports, Alberta had four construction…
Sep
2014
29

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again
  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to fight it and its potential unconstitutionality.  The bill is supported and lobbied for by Merit Canada, an anti-union organization that supports “merit shop” employers.  It would force Canadian unions to spend assets — both time and money…
Jun
2014
25

Veteran Hiring Program Looks to Expand Beyond Canada’s Big Cities with Building Trades’ Help

Veteran Hiring Program Looks to Expand Beyond Canada's Big Cities with Building Trades' Help
  A recent article in the Halifax Herald featured Gregory Matte, former Brigadier General and current executive director of Helmets to Hardhats Canada, who detailed his latest mission to help Canadian veterans begin rewarding careers as they transition back into civilian life.  Much like its counterpart stateside, Helmets to Hardhats Canada…
May
2014
29

Prevailing Suspicion: New Evidence of Canadian Government Suppressing Wages by Underpaying Temporary Foreign Workers

  New data unearthed by the Alberta Federation of Labor (AFL) shows that the Canadian government, under the direction of Employment Minister Jason Kenney, is keeping wages artificially low by approving temporary work visas for foreign workers and paying them the minimum wage.  This practice goes against the government’s standards for such…
May
2014
12

Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada

Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada
  Currently, only four percent of the Canadian construction force is female. Journeyman, a national program that helps mentor, support and promote women working in construction, hopes to change that. Drumming up female interest in a male-dominated industry is only a small part of the mission of the program.  Journeyman also seeks to end…
May
2014
12

Canadian Minister of Employment Touts New Loans, Grants to Boost Apprenticeship

Canadian Minister of Employment Touts New Loans, Grants to Boost Apprenticeship
  Speaking at the Canadian Building Trades Union (CBTU) Conference this month, Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney spoke about the Canadian government’s commitment to apprenticeships in the skilled trades.  Kenney spoke about the importance of training and the post-secondary school system.   Despite an approach…
May
2014
1

REPORT: Canadian Employment Minister Has Ignored Temp Worker Prevailing Wage for Years

REPORT: Canadian Employment Minister Has Ignored Temp Worker Prevailing Wage for Years
  The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) says that information gathered from federal information requests shows 224 cases in which businesses in the province were allowed to break the law by paying temporary foreign workers below the prevailing wage.  The news comes days after the man in charge of the program,  Employment Minister Jason…
Feb
2014
14

Striking Charts Show Importance of Collective Bargaining to Reducing Poverty in Europe

Striking Charts Show Importance of Collective Bargaining to Reducing Poverty in Europe
  Unifor, the Canadian union formed following the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAP) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), is undertaking a “Rights at Work” campaign with hopes of reaffirming the value of unions to its membership in the leadup to the 2014 elections.  The campaign suggests “unions lift up…
Dec
2013
11

Conservative Senator: “Active Unions and Free Collective Bargaining are Essential” (to Canada)

Conservative Senator:
  Speaking to Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council in Toronto last Friday, conservative party senator Hugh Segal praised the role of unions in Canada saying, “Active unions and free collective bargaining are essential to building a prosperous Canada and a stable middle class.” The meeting was attended by over 750 delegates elected by…