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Metro Transit Collective Bargaining Assistance Act, 1984 (September)

The Act ended a strike of public transit employees, extended their collective agreement and provided for the appointment of a special mediator.

British Columbia Back to work - dispute sent to arbitration September 1984

Toronto Transit Commission, Gray Coach Lines, Limited, and Go Transit Labour Disputes Settlement Act, 1984 (Bill 125, August)

The Act prevented a strike by public transit workers and provided for binding arbitration.

Ontario Back to work - dispute sent to arbitration August 1984

An Act to Amend the Labour Relations Act, 1984 (Bill 75, June)

The Act enabled the Ontario Labour Relations Board to impose penalties on unions, their officials and individual members who participated in illegal strikes.

Ontario Restrictions on scope of bargaining June 1984

Labour Code Amendment Act, 1984 (Bill 28, May)

The Act widened the scope of permissible employer action during union organizing drives, broadened the criteria for decertification, restricted secondary picketing and broadened criteria for strike-free economic development zones.

British Columbia Restrictions on certification May 1984

Pulp and Paper Collective Bargaining Assistance Act, 1984 (April)

This legislation ended a strike by employees in the pulp and paper industry, extended their expired collective agreement and provided for the appointment of a special mediator to resolve the dispute

British Columbia Back to work - dispute sent to arbitration April 1984

Dairy Workers (Maintenance of Operations) Act, 1984 (April)

The Act ended a strike by dairy workers and imposed binding arbitration on the parties.

Saskatchewan Back to work - dispute sent to arbitration April 1984

An Act to Repeal the Construction Industry Labour Relations Act, 1983 (Bill 24, December)

The Act allowed employers to avoid using unionized workers in the construction sector.

Saskatchewan Restrictions on scope of bargaining December 1983

Public Sector Prices and Compensation Review Act, 1983 (Bill 111, December)

The Act continued the wage controls of Bill 179 (see above) on approximately 500,000 public sector workers for another year,  required arbitrators to consider the employer’s “ability to pay” in the arbitration process and made all collective agreements subject to review by a legislated Restraint Board.

Ontario Suspension of bargaining rights December 1983

Public Sector Restraint Act, 1983 (Bill 3, October)

The Act broadened the definition of senior management in the government service.  This excluded employees from unionization, enabled employers to dismiss employees for economic reasons and stipulated the salaries and working conditions of supervisory personnel in schools would be fixed by the government and not subject to collective bargaining.

British Columbia Denial of right to join a union October 1983

Employment Standards Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 26, October)

The Act allowed employers and unions to agree to contract language that provided workers with less than minimum employment standards and provided that no collective agreement could alter the powers and obligations of the Commission of Public Service.

British Columbia Restrictions on scope of bargaining October 1983

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