A bill passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 28, a bill that is a clear danger to the labour movement's ability to win fair contracts and defend public services. Bill 83, which essentially outlaws picketing outside of group homes that are housing people with intellectual and other disabilities that require home care.
After weeks in mediation, a settlement could not be reached between Nova Scotia's four health-care unions and acute care employers.
With the help of mediator James Dorsey, the talks intended to help the parties involved reach consensus on how to accommodate Bill 1.
The legislation, introduced by the Liberal government on October 3, will amalgamate the province's health district authorities. By reducing the number of bargaining units in acute care from 49 contracts to four contracts, the Bill will re-assign union members to unions not necessarily of their choosing.
How many times have we talked to our children, grandchildren, friends and neighbours about the issue of pensions, only to get the deer in the headlights look? I believe that it is one of the duties of those around the age of retirement to reach out to younger people about the importance of preparing for retirement. We know that Stephen Harper is doing all he can to make the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) unsustainable and to make people work longer to receive the benefits.
K'JIPUKTUK, HALIFAX - Nova Scotia health-care workers are angry about new legislation that the liberal government introduced on the evening of September 29.
Well over 600 health-care workers came to Province House to show just how angry they are. They called for Premier McNeil's resignation, and vowed to continue to fight what they consider this Liberal government's consistent anti-labour stance.
The proposed legislation merges the nine district health authorities in the province into two, and reduces the number of collective agreements with health-care units to just four, based on classification.
So far so good, say the affected unions, but the how and what of the reorganization is a big issue.
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(K'JIPUKTUK) HALIFAX - This Monday, Nova Scotia's Health Minister Leo Glavine will introduce legislation that dictates to health-care workers which union they must belong to.
"We will identify who will represent nurses, who will represent technologists, clerical and administration," Glavine told the Chronicle Herald earlier.
The legislation merges nine district health authorities in the province into two, and reduces the number of collective agreements with health-care units to just four, based on classification.
But what has union members and their leadership upset is what it does to existing union membership.
On travels this summer, I went to Rochester, NY, which was the home of the Eastman Kodak operation. I visited the Eastman Museum which featured a large exhibit of the photographs of Lewis Hine. While you may not immediately recognize his name, you likely have seen his iconic photographs, especially those dealing with child labour. Life magazine deemed his photograph of the Pennsylvanian breaker boys to be one of the "100 photographs that changed the world." His photographs of young girls working in cotton mills still have the power to move your heart a century later.