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The Lawyer's Daily


Although Ontario’s college students may be back in classrooms, the legal issues surrounding the five-week strike by college faculty are far from over.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represented faculty during the strike, announced Nov. 23 it was challenging the Ontario government’s back-to-work legislation in court. The strike ended Nov. 20 after the Ontario legislature passed Bill 178, the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017. Bill 178 gave OPSEU and the colleges 90 days to settle outstanding issues of the current contract dispute at arbitration.

However, OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the bill violates s. 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects freedom of association.


Article is written by Ian Burns with commentary by Prof. Eric Tucker.