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Bill C-377 Passes in the House of Commons – Is this a Sign of the End of the Harmonic Convergence?

Posted in CAW, Labour Law, Strategy

With December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan Calendar, just around the corner, amazing things are happening.  Evidence in this regard is the fact that the Canadian House of Commons, on December 12, 2012,  passed Bill C-377 amending the Income Tax Act with respect to certain disclosure requirements for labour organizations.  The Bill will… Continue Reading

7th Inning: Victims of Success

Posted in CAW, Collective Bargaining, Labour Law

There was a reason that unions developed – in the past.  Understanding that unions have worked hard to advocate for excellent legislation in many area of employment standards, health & safety and more, leads me to think about how they have become victims of their own success. With the emergence of knowledge-based industries, the relevance… Continue Reading

4th Inning: An Open Union?

Posted in CAW, Collective Bargaining, Employment

Part of ‘Towards a New Union’, the CAW CEP Proposal Committee Final Report, talks about building an ‘open membership’. The plan is to open membership to the ‘super-union’ to retired people, employees from   unsuccessful organization attempts; individual workers in non-unionized environments  including freelancers and the self-employed (?) and more.  It sounds like the new union… Continue Reading

3rd Inning: WIIFM

Posted in Benefits, CAW, Labour Law

To sell anything to anyone, Marketing 101 will tell you that it is all about the purchaser.  The first question the salesperson will get is: “What’s in it for me?” Really, thinking honestly about relevance and what is in it for the worker to have union representation, is it really true that unions will get… Continue Reading

2nd Inning: The Union Brand

Posted in CAW, Labour Law, Strategy

In any new organization, and newly merged organization and identity is required.  Like any business a brand is critical to success.  There was a time when you could sing the song about ‘look for the union label’ – an ‘80’s commercial from the former International Ladies Garment Workers Union.  That helped to develop the union… Continue Reading