November 3rd, 2004:
NEW LAW WOULD FOSTER FAIR AND BALANCED LABOUR RELATIONS
Reforms Promote Continued Prosperity
TORONTO--The McGuinty government is promoting stable labour relations and
economic prosperity by introducing legislation that would ensure fairness and
choice in Ontario's workplaces, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced today.
"Since 1990, Ontario's labour laws have swung unfairly in favour of one side
or the other," said Bentley. "We intend to restore balance, giving all Ontarians
equal confidence in our laws. This would promote the harmony and stability in
the workplace that are vital for a prosperous and productive economy."
If passed, the Labour Relations Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004, would:
- Eliminate measures that promote an unhealthy working relationship among
employers and employees in Ontario. For example, employers would no longer
be required to post de-certification information in all unionized
workplaces, and unions would not have to disclose the name, salary and
benefits of all directors, officers and employees earning $100,000 or more a
- Restore to the
Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) the power to remedy the worst
labour relations conduct by either side during an organizing drive. For
example, the OLRB would be able - as a last resort - to grant union
certification when an employer violates labour laws, or dismiss a
certification application when a union violates the law.
- Re-establish a card-based certification system for the construction
sector in addition to the existing vote system. Currently, a vote must
always be held before a union can be certified. The card-based system would
permit automatic union certification if more than 55 per cent of employees
sign cards to join a union.
- Prevent consecutive strikes from paralyzing the homebuilding industry,
as happened in 1998. The act would make permanent the special bargaining and
dispute resolution regime for residential construction in the Toronto area
in place since 2001.
"Our proposals are designed to achieve choice, fairness and balance in
Ontario's labour relations. By giving all players confidence in the system, it
will create the stability necessary to assure the ongoing prosperity of the
province," said Bentley.
Ministry of Labour
Written By: Ministry of Labour
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