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SUNRISE or Sun Set on Employer Communication Strategies?

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The 2013 Decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“the Board”) in the case of Service Employees International Union, Local 1 Canada v. PRP Senior Living Inc. (colloquially know as “the Sunrise Decision“) and subsequent application thereof has definitely caused some uncertainty in the employer community concerning the scope of the employer ‘right of free… Continue Reading

CAN THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT MASTER ‘MONEY BALL’?

Posted in Baseball, Collective Bargaining, Ontario Government, Strategy, Uncategorized

These days the concept of ‘Money Ball’ is ubiquitous.    Even the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team wants to play money ball.  Perhaps that is the answer to nearly 50 years of frustration for Leaf fans…having the team switch sports. The ‘Money Ball’ concept evolved from the mind of baseball guru William Lamar “Billy” Beane… Continue Reading

Rule Changes Present an Opportunity for Creativity on the Legal Playing Field

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The new Canadian Federal legislation colloquially referred to as the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”) came into effect on July 1, 2014.  The actual name of the legislation represents a disturbing trend on the part of legislators to name legislation in the broadest and most far reaching terms imaginable, specifically, the title of this legislation is:… Continue Reading

6th Inning: It Happened All At Once

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The CAW-CEP Merger was approved at the CEP Fall Membership Meeting in mid-October.  This marks the  creation of the largest union in Canada. Now all the questions bear to be asked: what will it be named? who will form the leadership? what will this do for the masses? Could it look like this – Meeting… Continue Reading

5th Inning: Tapping into Youth and Other Movements

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Is the merger of the CAW CEP union in Canada becoming an opportunity to influence government and perhaps create an alternative to the current political parties? Inserting themselves into ‘other than employment’ situations has already started to develop: Occupy Movement Student Protest in Quebec Anti-Choice Movement In Canada, Union isn’t a dirty word.  The question… Continue Reading

1st Inning: The Changing Relevance of Unions

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In the 1st Inning of the CAW CEP merger subject there is a focus on relevance.  What are the questions and problems that the new ‘super-union’ are prepared to answer and resolve?  More importantly, how can the gain momentum benefiting new membership while not coming across as just another business selling? The merger is truly… Continue Reading

Is Bigger Better? The 9 Innings to Come

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There is a proposed merger between the CAW (Canadian Auto Workers) and the CEP (Chemical, Energy and Paperworkers Union).  The CAW Membership unanimously voted in favour of the merger.  The CEP membership will vote in the Fall at their annual convention. I found it interesting, that both unions (CAW & CEP) believe that unions are… Continue Reading