Panel Discussion: The Changing State of Unions and Workers Rights in Canada

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 16:30 to 18:00

The role of unions and the Canadian labour environment has been changing dramatically. Union density is decreasing while the role of temporary workers continues to grow. The legal framework of collective bargaining has also changed, and in many cases been restricted. Meanwhile, the battle for adequate labour standards for temporary foreign workers continues. 

What do all these changes mean for labour law, labour rights and labour negotiation? What role does the coming B.C. election play in B.C. labour standards? Join the UBC Law Social Justice Action Network on March 12, at 12:30 pm, for a panel discussion addressing these various changes, and analysing the changing role of unions and workers rights in Canada.

Our panel will feature discussions from:

David Fairey: David Fairey is a Labour Economist, a Labour Relations Consultant and Workers Advocate. He has extensive experience in representing employees and their unions in the negotiation and arbitration of disputes, in labour and employment law policy research and reform advocacy, and has published several articles and studies on employment standards in BC. He is Co-Chair of the BC Employment Standards Coalition which is advocating for improved rights and protections for all workers and in particular for temporary foreign workers. He is a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and member of the CCPA Research Advisory Committee.

Linnsie Clark: Linnsie Clark is Legal Counsel with the Hospital Employees’ Union in British Columbia. Linnsie received a B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Lethbridge and a J.D. from the University of Victoria. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2008. 

Jeni Mathers: Jeni Mathers is a worker and labour activist. She is the Chief Shop Steward at CAW Local 3000, and has been on the bargaining committee. Prior, she was Shop Steward at UFCW Local 1400. , She is the Chair of CAW Local 3000 education committee trying to provide more education opportunities for workers, and chair of a minimum age working group under the B.C. Employment Standards for the Next Decade Coalition.

Colin Gusikoski: Colin is a lawyer at Victory Square Law Office. Before going to university full-time Colin worked in a potash mine and was an active member of the United Steelworkers union. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for both his commerce and law degrees and attained his master of laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, writing his thesis in the area of occupational health and safety regulation in the forestry sector. While working on his master's degree Colin articled at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, a labour and human rights firm in Toronto. Colin became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in the summer of 2008 and shortly thereafter, spent seven months working in international human rights law in Guatemala.

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 pm. The event is in Room 104 of Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall. 

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Room 104, Allard Hall (UBC Law School)
1822 East Mall
Vancouver , BC
49° 15' 51.318" N, 123° 14' 57.3684" W
British Columbia CA
Karen Segal

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