Government has created Trade Union Act General Regulations within the construction sector that will require certification applications to be made Monday to Friday, when a more representative number of employees tend to be on a worksite. The Labour Board will no longer consider a Saturday, Sunday or holiday as the date of application for purposes of certification. “Employees have a right to fair workplaces where they can have their voices heard,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This change is about striking the right balance and increasing the likelihood that the majority of the workforce is represented.” Currently in the construction sector, when more than 50 per cent of employees working on the date of the certification application demonstrate support, a workforce can become unionized without a vote. Weekend work is a prime example of when a smaller group of employees can trigger the unionization of a larger workforce. These changes follow consultation with stakeholders representing non-union construction contractors, unionized contractors and trade unions in the construction industry. These changes, which apply to the construction sector only, are effective immediately.
Markets Right Now: Broad rally takes stocks to new record by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 7:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:05 p.m.Stock indexes closed at record highs for a second day running, in a broad-based rally led by miners and other raw materials companies.Gold and copper miner Freeport McMoRan rose 2.7 per cent, lifted by soaring copper prices.Oil companies also rose with crude prices. Newfield Exploration rose 2.1 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained nearly 1 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,316.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 97 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,269. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,734.Small-company stocks did better than larger ones. The Russell 200 index jumped 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,388, also a record high.____11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are trading at record highs as investors weighed earnings news and the sale of infant formula maker Mead Johnson.Oil companies led the gainers as the price of crude oil headed higher. Newfield Exploration rose 2.8 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained 1 per cent.Enfamil maker Mead Johnson rose 5.1 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 20 per cent after the shoe company’s sales beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,314.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 68 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,240. The Nasdaq composite rose 15 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,730.____9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors found bright spots in the latest company earnings. Major indexes hit record highs a day ago.Energy companies rose with the price of oil Friday morning.Infant formula maker Mead Johnson rose 4.7 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 18 per cent and Activision Blizzard climbed 14 per cent after they reported results that beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,312.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,223. The Nasdaq composite rose 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,728.