British Columbia Supreme Court Awards $2 Million in Damages for Freedom of Association Violation

Last month, the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC” or “Court”) released the latest in a series of cases dealing with collective bargaining and the right to freedom of association as guaranteed by section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter“). This 683-paragraph decision follows a previous decision of the BCSC dated April…

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Privacy Legislation Invalid for Infringing Union’s Expressive Rights

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a significant decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401. The unanimous Court held that the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) infringes a union’s right of expression under section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter“). In…

Privacy Rights and A Union’s Duty to Represent its Membership

Last week, a case that has significant labour relations and privacy implications was argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. At issue in Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General) is the appropriate balance between an individual’s privacy rights and a union’s right, and duty, to represent its membership. In other words, what employee personal information is…

Supreme Court of Canada To Hear “Right to Strike” Case

In a case that will be eagerly anticipated by the labour relations community, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal from a decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal which found that the “right to strike” is not constitutionally protected. Courts have been grappling with the extent of the constitutional protection for…

Hicks Morley Cited in Canadian Civil Liberties Association Rights Watch Blog

Hicks Morley’s FTR Now entitled “No Charter-Protected Right to Strike Says Saskatchewan Court of Appeal” was cited in the October 17, 2013 edition of Canadian Civil Liberties Association Rights Watch blog in an article entitled “Supreme Court of Canada to Decide on the Right to Strike“. Hicks Morley’s Paul Broad authored this FTR Now, which…

Supreme Court of Canada to Determine Whether Charter Protects Right to Strike

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) guarantees the right to strike for unions and their members. Earlier this year, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found that the Charter does not protect the right to strike. A substantial component of the Court of Appeal’s decision…

No Charter-Protected Right to Strike Says Saskatchewan Court Of Appeal

In a much-anticipated decision – Government of Saskatchewan v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, 2013 SKCA 43 – a five-member panel of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter“) does not guarantee a right to strike for unions and their members. Rather, the Court found that…

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Finds Right to Strike Not Protected by Freedom of Association Guarantee in Charter

A five-member panel of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision which had found in part that restrictions on the right to strike in The Public Service Essential Services Act infringed the freedom of association guarantee in section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court of Appeal…

SCC Grants Leave to Appeal in Freedom of Association/Collective Bargaining Case

On December 20, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in the Mounted Police Association case which considered whether RCMP Regulations dealing with consultations between management and officers offended the freedom of association guarantee found in section 2(d) of the Charter. This case is important because it deals with the scope of…

The CBA National Labour and Employment Law Section Newsletter Publishes Article by Julia Nanos

An article by Hicks Morley’s Julia Nanos was published in the November 2012 issue of The CBA National Labour and Employment Law Section Newsletter. In the article entitled, “‘Non-construction employer’ declaration provision of Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, 1995 does not infringe the Charter: ONCA”, Julia comments on a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision concerning…