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Coerced De-Certification - Independent Advice Needed

I'm after case law/advice in Ontario regarding a unionized workforce working for a contractor permanently on another company's site. The question: If you are unionized and employed by Company A, and are working under contract onsite at Company B, and Company A refuses to pursue a new contract with company B unless the union decertifies, and Company B still needs the work performed, what *rights*, if any, do the unionized employees have if the contract between Company A and Company B is not renewed?

We have been explictly told by our employer that the contract will not be renewed because we are unionized. Yet, Company B still needs the work done. Company B -- a large Canadian corp -- does not want the union present either.

So, we are under pressure to de-certify.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says the high Youth Unemployment Rate is Fictitious

When CBC host Matt Galloway Rob Ford asked about the 23 per cent youth unemployment rate in the city, the mayor said the figure was “fictitious.”

“I’m not quite sure where you get these numbers from,” Mr. Ford replied. “How do you define youth? Are you defining 14 years old part-time jobs?”

He said that, from his sampling of youth playing football, “90 per cent of those kids have part-time jobs.”

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Setting the Stage for Change: Celebrating May Day 2014

May 3, 2014 to May 4, 2014
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W
Ontario CA
The United May Day Committee's annual celebration of the international workers' holiday will be held on Saturday, May 3 at the Steelworker's Hall, 25 Cecil Street.
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Book Launch: Anarchists in the Boardroom with Liam Barrington-Bush

Mar 25, 2014
Octopus Books Centretown @ 25OneCommunity
251 Bank St, 2nd floor
Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 24' 58.6944" N, 75° 41' 49.3476" W
Ontario CA
Could Twitter and Occupy help our NGOs, charities, trade unions and voluntary organizations to both stay relevant in the times ahead and live our values through the ways that we organize?
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Forum: Irvin Jim, General Secretary of NUMSA

Mar 7, 2014
Steelworkers' Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W
Ontario CA
Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on "New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."
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Film screening and discussion: Are We Wisconsin?

Mar 10, 2014
Victoria Theatre (South side, Basement level) of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=516
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 16' 3.2916" N, 123° 15' 8.3556" W
British Columbia CA
Join us for a film screening of "We are Wisconsin." The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from B.C.'s labour movement.
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Workers' History Museum Trivia Night

Mar 29, 2014
The Glen Scottish Restaurant & Pub
1010 Stittsville Main Street
Stittsville , ON
Canada
45° 16' 17.958" N, 75° 55' 50.2824" W
Ontario CA
Think you know it all? Prove it at Workers' History Museum Trivia Night
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Say what! Hudak renounces anti-union right to work laws

Umm, excuse me? Is this an early April Fools' Joke?

According to the Toronto Star:

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has suddenly backed away from his controversial anti-union right-to-work plan for Ontario that he has been touting since 2012.

His abrupt change of heart came during an early morning breakfast speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade where he vowed to scrap labour reforms that included getting rid of the Rand Formula, which requires employees in a unionized shop to pay dues whether or not they join the union.

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The Media Democracy Project Presents: 'Blood in the Mobile' film screening

Mar 7, 2014
Segal Conference Centre, Rm. 1400, SFU Vancouver Harbour Centre
West Hastings Simon Fraser, Harbour Centre
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 16' 52.0536" N, 123° 2' 38.6772" W
British Columbia CA
This event will feature a screening of Blood in the Mobile, a 2010 documentary directed by the Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen.
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Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)

Feb 28, 2014
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W
Ontario CA
The Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly presents: A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey.
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Chicago: Northwestern University football players seek to unionize

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For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Backed by the United Steelworkers union, Huma also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB -- the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights. ESPN's "Outside The Lines" first broke the story.

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Economics of the Global Commons

Feb 28, 2014
University College
15 King's College Circle - Room 179 - west end of building on the ground floor
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Join us for a free public lecture on Economics of the Global Commons with Frank de Jong.
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Why the timing is good for parties from the left in Canada

Let me start by saying that what I am saying applies to the NDP as it is the only large political party on the left. But it can be true for other parties on the left that are smaller. We should not assume exclusivity to the NDP and if it ceases to be a party of activism (as it has at times provincially) it will not apply to the NDP.

This does not apply to non-activist parties of the centre or the centre-right such as the Liberals or parties of the right.

Canada is experiencing a painful lesson that is slowly becoming clear to the public. A rising tide does not raise all boats at all. The economic performance of the country has increased this country's total wealth dramatically while the living standards of most Canadians are seeing no benefit.

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