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THERE IS NO JOY IN MUDVILLE – (With apologies to Ernest Thayer, Bob Rae and Jack MacDonald)

Posted in Baseball, Collective Bargaining, Labour Law, Ontario Government

August 12, 1994 was the day that ball players last walked off the job or struck out literally in MLB.  That Strike resulted in the balance of the 1994 Season including the World Series being cancelled.  No one needs to remind former fans of the Montreal Expos about the details they have them painfully etched… Continue Reading

Strike Two Against the Increase

Posted in Minimum Wage

In my last post, you could see that Strike One focused on the business market. STRIKE TWO: Is the minimum wage really an anti-poverty tactic?  Is there a clear link between poverty and the minimum wage.  Think about this: The poor tend to not have jobs at all.  If there is an adverse reaction in… Continue Reading

Strike One Against the Increase

Posted in Baseball, Minimum Wage

Every batter gets an opportunity to hit a home run, get on base or of course strike out. In my last post, I described the opportunity and debate that has arise around the increase of the minimum wage in Ontario. STRIKE ONE: Many methods for increasing the minimum wage have been used in the past…. Continue Reading

Kathleen Wynne’s Victory is Good News for Organized Labour and potential bad news for the NDP

Posted in Baseball, Collective Bargaining, Employment, Labour Law, Strategy

The victory by Kathleen Wynne at the Provincial Liberal Party Leadership Convention is a “Home Run” for trade union’s in Ontario. It now appears that among Ms Wynne’s first acts as Premier Designate will be to call the Teacher’s unions and invite them and their fellow travellers, such as  the  Canadian Union of Public Employees, … 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

Play Ball!!

Posted in Baseball, Employment, Labour Law

There are two things that were very prominent in my life since I was six years old, the law – I knew would be a lawyer from the time I could talk. It is my destiny.  It is who I am. I am a fiercely competitive athlete in a 5’2 frame.  I am incredibly good… Continue Reading