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Winnipeg Free Press: Seine River custodians vote on tentative deal

February 27, 2024 — 

Labour researcher Adam King said ending temporary hires during bargaining disputes is an important step to address an imbalance in union-employer relations across Manitoba and Canada.

“We have very low levels of strikes now compared to several decades ago and that’s not a sign of peaceful labour relations – it’s a sign that workers’ bargaining power has been seriously undermined,” said the assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.

King said the current set-up undermines workers’ last-resort leverage in bargaining and research shows it disproportionately affects low-wage and racialized workers.

The academic co-wrote a letter to the province with colleagues to lobby for a ban on behalf of their faculty association.

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