Rights are fought for and won; laws are debated and passed

Rights are fought for and won; laws are debated and passed

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in News, Union Rights

This Labour Day, in addition to participating in local Ottawa events, we are happy to share Daniel’s latest article, published today on CanLII Connects. Daniel was asked to select a list of notable court decisions, based on his own criteria, and to write about them.

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to strike in SFL v. Saskatchewan, it curtailed the Canadian state’s ability to intervene and suppress striking activity. Which means that the state is now [somewhat] more limited in its ability to suppress — through police violence or toleration of employers’ thugs — striking workers on behalf of employers, as it did so frequently in the past. That limitation, however modest, is unquestionably a victory for workers.

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

The SCC surprised this month with Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 – a unanimous decision quashing Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and unequivocally reaffirming the legitimate expression purpose of picketing during a legal strike. Despite its technical framing as a dispute between privacy and expression interests, this decision is a blow to employers whose interests lie in hampering the union’s ability to effectively dissuade people doing business with the employer.