Talks continue as CUPE strike looms Monday

Talks continue as CUPE strike looms Monday

As bargaining goes down to the wire with unionized school support workers, internal Progressive Conservative polling shows three-quarters of Ontarians want students in classrooms. According to a new Campaign Research survey conducted for the Tories and obtained by the Star, people would blame the government and the union equally if schools are shut down Monday. … Read more

Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause had the unintended effect of bringing Canada’s largest unions together

Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause had the unintended effect of bringing Canada’s largest unions together

CUPE members picket at Queen’s Park in Toronto when education support workers across Ontario walked off the job on Nov. 4.Melissa Tait/The Globe and Mail The Ontario government’s unprecedented use of the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution in a labor dispute with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) had the unintended effect of uniting … Read more

How long can CUPE afford the education worker walkout?

How long can CUPE afford the education worker walkout?

CUPE Ontario members and supporters demonstrate outside the Queen’s Park Legislative Building in Toronto on Nov. 4.Cole Burston/The Canadian Press The Canadian Union of Public Employees has vowed to cover any financial penalties imposed on its members during its current standoff with the Ontario government, but how long the union can afford to continue its … Read more

Ontario set to pass fast-tracked bill to ban CUPE education workers’ strike

Ontario set to pass fast-tracked bill to ban CUPE education workers’ strike

The confrontation between the Ontario government and 55,000 education support workers was set to come to head on Thursday, with MPPs set to pass a fast-tracked bill that would use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to pre-empt a legal strike and the union vowing to walk out the next day anyway. A contract deal reached Thursday … Read more

Ontario’s bill to stop CUPE strike unprecedented, legal experts say

Ontario’s bill to stop CUPE strike unprecedented, legal experts say

The Ontario government’s use of a unique legislative provision to effectively quash the ability of education workers to go on strike is extreme, politically fraught and unprecedented in the history of labor disputes, legal experts say. On Monday – in response to a potential strike of 55,000 education workers represented by the Canadian Union of … Read more

Ford government to table legislation to impose contract on education sector union

Ford government to table legislation to impose contract on education sector union

The Ford government will introduce legislation on Monday to impose a four-year contract on thousands of education support workers in order to avoid a strike — a move that will likely trigger a court challenge by the union. The dramatic escalation in the months-long contract negotiations came after the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which … Read more

Ontario plans legislation to pre-empt strike by CUPE school staff

Talks continue as CUPE strike looms Monday

The Ontario government plans to introduce pre-emptive back-to-work legislation on Monday and impose a contract on 55,000 school support staff after CUPE said its workers would strike starting Friday. The two sides met Sunday in an unscheduled bargaining session, after the Canadian Union of Public Employees gave the required five days’ notice of job action. … Read more

September 30 holiday in Ontario: Who gets the day off?

September 30 holiday in Ontario: Who gets the day off?

The second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is approaching in Canada, and while it is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, there are some things you should know about. Sept. 30 is observed in Ontario only as a federal holiday, which means provincially regulated businesses are not required to give employees the day off … Read more

Half a million Toronto residents in apartments with no air conditioning this summer

Half a million Toronto residents in apartments with no air conditioning this summer

Kiki Jones has spent the past few days taking cold showers, avoiding physical activity, keeping the blinds shut and blasting electric fans in their non-air-conditioned apartment in Toronto. But despite those measures, the 31-year-old hasn’t found much relief from the intense summer heat that’s gripped the city this week. “I’ve lived in Toronto for about … Read more

Workers at Canadian National Railway go on strike in move that could further threaten Canada’s supply chains

Workers at Canadian National Railway go on strike in move that could further threaten Canada’s supply chains

CN Rail locomotives are moved on tracks past cargo containers sitting on idle train cars at port in Vancouver, on Friday, February 21, 2020.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press Workers in signals and communications have gone on strike at Canadian National Railway Co. in a development that threatens to exacerbate transport bottlenecks across the country in the … Read more