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Category: Labour law

Canada Needs a New Sectorial Bargaining Model

Canada’s current model of establishing labour standards and collective bargaining has not sufficiently adapted to our present labour market. Mark Rowlinson discusses a model of sectoral bargaining that could enhance collective bargaining in Canada, and invites you to learn more at a Centre for Future Work webinar on the issue on November 28, 2022.

November 23, 2022
Mark Rowlinson

Labour Board halts conversion of pension plan pending union challenge

Lawyers at Goldblatt Partners successfully argued that the conversion of a pension plan should be frozen until the OLRB determines whether the employer’s unilateral actions breached the Labour Relations Act, 1995. As both sides were involved in a decades-long bargaining relationship, the Board intervened because the employer’s unilateral actions could cause serious harm to the union’s status as exclusive bargaining agent.

January 12, 2022
Fiona Campbell Ryan Newell Gabriel Hoogers

Remedial certification: Three extraordinary unfair labour practice wins for the Goldblatt Partners construction group

Kailun Chen explains common unfair tactics used by employers in the construction industry and tells us about three big remedial certification wins in unfair labour practice complaints.

December 8, 2021
Kailun Chen

When do labour arbitrators have exclusive jurisdiction over human rights matters?

Do grievance arbitrators in Ontario now have exclusive jurisdiction over alleged human rights violations?
In light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent Horrocks decision, it is not entirely clear. Jean-Michel
Corbeil and Erin Sobat look further into this question.

November 10, 2021
Jean-Michel Corbeil

What is seniority?

This post explains the basics of this sometimes controversial pillar of the unionized workplace

October 27, 2021