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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

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

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

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