The union that represents thousands of faculty at 24 public colleges across Ontario filed a challenge on Tuesday against the back-to-work legislation that ended a five week strike last year on the ground it violated Canadian Charter rights.
“The union’s rights and freedoms have been denied,” Warren Thomas said in a statement.
“The union filed a Charter challenge today regarding the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, also known as Bill 178,” the statement read.
“The union maintains this Act, which forced an end to the college faculty strike in November 2017, violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
When Bill 178 was passed with bipartisan support over a rare weekend session in November of last year, OPSEU promised to bring it to the courts.
“The right to strike is essential to collective bargaining, and negotiating with the employer is central to the work of a union,” Thomas, sometimes referred to as “Smokey”, said.
“The Bill 178 return-to-work legislation violates rights and freedoms that workers have fought to win for more than a century. OPSEU is committed to protecting those hard-won rights.”
More details to follow. Image of striking faculty from previous files.