Two sides of the same coinNumber of lockouts stays the same even if media attention would indicate otherwiseBy Uyen Vu02/27/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2006 There might not be much to it, but there’s an adage out there (well, more among journalism circles than anywhere else) that says one’s a curiosity, two’s a coincidence, but three makes a trend.Considering the high-profile lockouts played out in the Canadian industrial relations scene last year, it’s certainly worth asking whether there’s a trend afoot. There was the National Hockey League lockout lasting 301 days and wiping out an entire hockey season, then the eight-week lockout of 5,500 radio and television workers at the CBC in the summer. Perhaps most acrimonious was the four-month showdown between Telus and the Telecommunications Workers Union, which erupted when Telus imposed a collective agreement as part of its lockout measures. To this day, the company calls it a strike and the union calls it a lockout.So is there a trend? Based on his impression, Pradeep Kumar, professor at Queen’s University’s Industrial Relations Centre in Kingston, Ont., said he thinks so. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.