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Leah F Vosko

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501742132

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501742132.001.0001

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Sustaining Bargaining Unit Strength

Sustaining Bargaining Unit Strength

The Specter of Attrition

(p.84) 4 Sustaining Bargaining Unit Strength
Disrupting Deportability

Leah F. Vosko

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores challenges to maintaining strong bargaining units posed by threats of attrition, either through formal decertification or by other means producing similar outcomes. It first documents trends in numerical attrition at Sidhu & Sons, in the context of Canada's introduction of other more highly deregulated temporary migrant work programs (TMWPs) operating in agriculture and those programs' subsequent growth. The size of the bargaining unit at Sidhu, comprised of SAWP employees exclusively, shrank after certain employees' attempt to decertify it, despite the fact that the Labour Relations Board (LRB) had refused to cancel its certification. Given the absence of an active attempt to decertify the bargaining unit, it is nevertheless difficult to determine how attrition continued at Sidhu. To demonstrate the how of this often subtle modality of deportability, the chapter then chronicles strategies fostering attrition in the bargaining unit encompassing SAWP employees at Floralia Plant Growers Ltd., which the union originally tried to draw into the foregoing complaint of unfair labor practices and coercion and intimidation directed at Sidhu.

Keywords:   bargaining units, attrition, formal decertification, temporary migrant work programs, SAWP employees, Labour Relations Board, deportability, unfair labor practices

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