Weighing the merits of the ‘ultimate’ job action: strikes

Are they still effective or has the public grown indifferent to this bargaining tactic?
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/24/2011

Workers belonging to two of Canada’s major unions have been ordered back on the job by the federal government in a span of less than two weeks.

Federal labour minister Lisa Raitt introduced back-to-work legislation 16 hours after 3,800 Air Canada sales and service agents walked off the job on June 13.

A week later, similar legislation was introduced to get Canada’s mail system moving again. About 48,000 unionized Canada Post employees were locked out June 14 after two weeks of rotating strikes.