Landmark Ruling Guarantees Canadian Workers Collective Bargaining Rights

Source: Glen Chochla, Labor Notes, # 342, September 2007

A coalition of health care unions in British Columbia (B.C.) scored a groundbreaking victory on June 8 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down key provisions of the province’s Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29). Overturning two lower court decisions and a number of its own decisions dating back to the 1980s, the country’s top court ruled that collective bargaining is constitutionally protected as part of the guarantee of freedom of association in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

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