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CUPE Local 118 threatens to strike

When a union and an employer cannot reach an agreement, the possibility of employees striking often looms. Recently, a situation of this nature arose in Vancouver. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and CUPE Local 118 experienced difficulty with contract negotiations. As a result of those issues, the workers provided the team bargaining for them a 90 percent strike mandate. 

Workplace discrimination claims not limited to minority groups

Given that race is a protected ground under human rights legislation, workers who believe they have been discriminated against in the workplace because of their race can file a complaint against that employer. This is true even if the person taking the legal action is not a part of a minority group. A Caucasian man who works for the Canada Revenue Agency took such action. Despite feeling he was a lock for a management position in his office, the man was made aware that a woman or member of a visible minority would get the promotion. 

Survey says workplace discrimination alive and well in Canada

For residents of multicultural Canada who have to go to work regularly, the fact that workplace discrimination is still occurs is unfortunate news. Despite the activity being illegal, a recent survey found that people throughout the nation still experience discrimination for a variety of things.

Residential-services sector workers at risk for violent injuries

Injuries inflicted by another person may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the phrase "workplace injuries" is mentioned and yet, such incidents do occur. Sometimes injuries inflicted on a worker by another co-worker, client, or patient are violent and the industry in which these incidents often arise is health care, specifically the residential-services sector.

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