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What is the Rand Formula

Janice Best - Director

and why does Tim Hudak want to get rid of it if he should ever be elected Premier of Ontario? What is commonly referred to as the Rand formula is the arrangement by which union dues are deducted from all employees in a bargaining unit, whether the employees have become members of the union, or [...]

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Porter FBO Strike – Facts, Fiction, and Fantasy

Janice Best - Director

The COPE strike at Porter FBO in Toronto has generated lots of facts, fiction and fantasy.  One need only read Porter’s Facebook page to see how truly uninformed many folks are, even the self-professed experts.  They talk a lot, but never support their propositions with any facts. Hourly wages Fiction: Porter claims its wages are [...]

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The Ministry Of Education and its mockery of Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights

Janice Best - Director

Where does one begin to comment on this travesty put upon us by Education Minister Laurel Broten and her cronies in government, and at the Ministry of Education? Flashback to February 2012.  All school board sector unions are summoned to Toronto to what can only be described as a multi-ring circus.  The government, through its [...]

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A Letter to Union Activists

Janice Best - Director

“Organize or lose!  Those are the stark choices facing Canada’s labour movement today.  As we look south of the border and witness the relentless assault on what is left of organized labour, what we see could easily become our future.  Only 7% of private sector workers are unionized, leaving public sector workers focused in the [...]

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COPE DAY

Janice Best - Director

What a great idea this is! For several years now, COPE Local 523 in Kapuskasing, Ontario has been celebrating COPE Day. This is in honour of the Canadian membership of an international union (OPEIU) breaking with the U.S. dominated union and forming a completely autonomous Canadian Union. To quote Local 523, from its literature celebrating [...]

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