A Giant Step Backwards for Construction Projects in BC

August 13, 2018

In July, British Columbia’s government signed an agreement called the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with a group called the Allied Infrastructure and Related Construction Council (AIRCC), which represents many of BC’s building trade unions and their members. If …

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Is Right to Work Legislation the Answer We Need?

June 26, 2018

One of the biggest news items dominating in Canada these days is the on-going trilateral negotiations between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. It is a complex deal with many hurdles to overcome. One of the biggest from Canada’s …

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All Bargaining Is Strategic

June 12, 2018

In our practice, we are often asked to assist companies with collective bargaining. With a combined experience of negotiating over 140 agreements it is certainly something we can do. However, on several occasions we have had to walk …

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The Importance of Oral History

May 30, 2018

On May 19, 1845 two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, set sail from Greenhithe, England under the command of Captain Sir John Franklin. The purpose of their expedition was to investigate and survey one of the …

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Should the Pope Apologize?

May 19, 2018

In March 2018, Bishop Lionel Gendron, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote an open letter to Indigenous Canadians that “after carefully considering the request (for an apology) and extensive dialogue with the bishops of Canada, …

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What is a “Sole Bargaining Agent”

April 10, 2018

In the process of a company becoming unionized a union “organizes” employees by seeking support usually in the form of  getting individuals to sign cards indicating they want to join the union. If the union gets enough cards …

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What is a “certified” union?

March 25, 2018

In Canada a union must be “certified” by a Labour Relations Board to be the sole bargaining agent for a group of employees. The Board looks for two things when certifying a union to be the representative of …

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More on Management Rights

March 05, 2018

Collective Agreements are contracts between the unions that represent employees and the companies that employ those people. Management essentially starts with the right to manage unilaterally without input from employees.With the exception of the various laws that govern …

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