New tools for unions in Ontario

Panel looks at potential impact of Fair Workplaces Act
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2018
Jerry Dias
Unions such as Unifor (headed by Jerry Dias, pictured here in Mexico City in November) could benefit from changes to Ontario’s laws. Credit: Carlos Jasso (Reuters)

Employees looking to collectively bargain and form a union will have new tools on hand to accomplish that goal with Ontario’s recently enacted Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, according to a panel of experts.

The act provides more teeth to unions when going into a workplace and attempting to create a bargaining unit, but some employers might be feeling confused by the new procedures.

“They were told to take their hands off, now they are being asked to provide information, and yet they can’t be involved in any kind of campaign against it,” said Elizabeth Keenan, employer counsel at Mathews, Dinsdale and Clark in Toronto.