Author's note: Michelin is one of the global giants in the manufacturing of tires; they have been staunchly anti-union since they began in France. In the 1970s, they decided to locate plants in Nova Scotia with the understanding that the provincial government would introduce a law, which became known as the Michelin Bill, to make it almost impossible to organize employers with multi-site plants. A number of unions, including Rubberworkers, Steelworkers and Autoworkers, all tried, but were foiled by what Larry Haiven, a professor in the Department of Management at Saint Mary's University, called "an act of corruption." This column documents the first attempt to organize by the Canadian Auto Workers in the 1980s.
Related rabble.ca story:
Earlier this month, Nova Scotia's four major health-care unions announced that they would be forming bargaining councils to negotiate under a newly streamlined provincial health-care system, which comes into effect today.
For anyone who has been following this roller-coaster of a story, the announcement may have come as a surprise.
In a decision rendered only a few weeks earlier, arbitrator-mediator James Dorsey had awarded NSGEU two of four possible bargaining units. Unhappy with this decision, Health Minister Leo Glavin then announced that he would fire the arbitrator.