November 7, 2011 | No Comments
In a shocking twist, the union that represents Air Canada – having been stripped of its power by the feds – was powerless to negotiate an acceptable deal for their members.
A federal arbitrator ruled Monday that the same provisions Air Canada’s flight attendants rejected on Oct. 9 will now stand as their new contract, angering the union even further….
CUPE agreed to binding arbitration with Air Canada after the federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt threatened to impose back-to-work legislation and referred the dispute to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board – a tribunal tasked with evaluating labour issues.
I’ve never heard a persuasive argument in favour of the actions of the government. I can’t see how Air Canada can be considered an essential service (especially when the government would deem bus service in the dead of winter an essential service). It seems pretty clear to me that this government, now with a majority, are training their sights on unions.
The Conservatives have it all wrong. They should not be going after unions. All workers should have the freedom to work collectively in contract negotiations (and other business matters). They should be changing legislation so that unions no longer have government-enforced monopolies.