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Pilot at top of Air Canada seniority list files complaint with CIRB over mandatory retirement issue

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal
Sector: - Transportation

The Globe and Mail has a story today ("A pilot's quest to remain at the top") on the latest chapter of the long-running dispute between Air Canada, the Air Canada Pilots Association ("ACPA") and individual pilots over the airline's mandatory rule. 

There are 3,039 pilots on the seniority list. Michael Ennis, who joined Air Canada in 1972, rose to the top of the list in February 2010.  He turns 60, however, in April of this year and is being forced to retire by the airline.

The ACPA has apparently declined to represent him in this matter, thus prompting him (and two other pilots) to file complaints against the ACPA with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) yesterday.

I am presuming that they are duty of fair representation complaints. As stated on the CIRB's website:  read more »

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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Richard Hornung re-appointed as part-time Vice-Chairperson of Canada Industrial Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

Richard Hornung has been reappointed as a part-time Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, according to this news release issued today by the federal Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt. 

The news release goes on to state the following about Mr. Hornung:

  • He was first appointed to the CIRB in June 2007.
  • He has extensive experience in labour law, industrial relations and alternate dispute resolution.
  • In addition to practicing and teaching law at the University of Alberta, he taught mediation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers.
  • He has served as a Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Labour Relations Board, and Chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board.

John McKennirey is new chair of the CIRB Client Consultation Committee

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

John McKennirey has been named as the new chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) Client Consultation Committee, replacing Mike McDermott. The announcement was made by Elizabeth MacPherson, Chairperson Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Mr. McKennirey is former Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour & Head of the FMCS (2003 - 2007). He also served as Executive Director of the Commission for Labour Co-operation (NAFTA Labour Commission) from 1995-1999 and was Director General of Policy and International Labour Affairs at Labour Canada from 2000 to 2003. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Management and Policy, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa.

Mr. McKennirey was also "instrumental in conceiving and launching" the review of the Canada Labour Code - Part III, as noted by Harry Arthurs in the Federal Labour Standards Review.     

Federal government establishes regional Canada Industrial Relations Board panel in BC, names 3 part-time appointees

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour issued a news release today in which she announced the establishment of a regional Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) panel in British Columbia with three part-time appointees.

According to the Minister, the regional panel "will strengthen and improve the management of the CIRB and make it more responsive to local issues and more accessible to organizations." It will also "allow stakeholders to present issues locally, improve the timeliness of decisions, as well as avoid time-zone discrepancies.".

The part-time appointees are:

  1. Allan Hope, Q.C., a well known arbitrator who lives in Prince George. Mr Hope will be a part-time Vice-Chairperson;
  2. William Terence Lineker, who will be a part-time Member representing employers; and
  3. Cynthia Catherine Oliver, who will be a part-time Member representing employees.

New member appointed to Canada Industrial Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour announced today the appointment of David Paul Olsen as a full-time member to the Canada Industrial Relations Board. You can read about the appointment/Mr. Olsen here

Definition of "strike" in Canada Labour Code does not infringe on Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In Grain Workers' Union, Local 333 v. B.C. Terminal Elevator Operations' Association, 2009 FCA 201, the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed a decision of the Canada Industrial Relations Board that the definition of "strike" in the Canada Labour Code does not infringe on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A summary of the case by law firm Roper Greyell can be found here.

New Vice Chairperson appointed to Canada Industrial Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour announced the appointment today of Mr. William G. McMurray as Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board. The appointment is effective March 31, 2009.

Mr. McMurray has been a practitioner of administrative law, specializing in labour and employment law. He has acted as counsel for some of Canada's largest employers in the federal transportation and telecommunications sectors.

You can read the full media release here.

CIRB reviews scope of union's entitlement to employee contact information

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The Canada Industrial Relations Board ("CIRB") has recently ruled that:  read more »