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Ontario Education Unions Win Charter Challenge

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge ruled last week that Bill 115, also known as the Putting Students First Act, violated the Charter rights of education workers across the province. The law has since been struck down.

Bill 115 imposed conditions on education workers and instituted timelines for reaching collective agreements, according to Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee chair Terri Preston. If a deadline was reached without an agreement, one could be imposed on the workers. The conditions workers were no longer able to bargain for included sick leave and other monetary benefits.

It was on the basis of these impositions that the court ruled in favour of the unions, and found that the provincial government had violated their Charter-granted freedom of association, which for unions includes the ability to bargain collectively.


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