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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

SUNRISE or Sun Set on Employer Communication Strategies?

Posted in Baseball, Collective Bargaining, Labour Law, Uncategorized

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

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

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

The Female Bully Generation

Posted in Employment, Labour Law

Bill 168… Violence and Harassment in the Workplace has served to confused people. Particularly on the harassment side…many not sure what it covers, the majority of people have the capability of understanding violence…it’s the word and concept of harassment that can cause small issues to grow. Section 32: 32.0.6 : deals with having to develop… 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

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

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