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Public service union going to court for part-timers, students, casual labour

Some workers not more equal than others, says PSAC.

PSAC president John Gordon wants to challenge the law that forbids some workers from joining unions.

February 4, 2009 — Canada's largest federal union is taking the federal government to court to change its definition of "employee" so unions can organize thousands of summer students and other part-timers working in the public service.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is going to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that forbids student, short-term and casual workers from joining unions.

PSAC argues this provision of the Public Service Labour Relations Act defies workers' rights to "freedom of association" and collective bargaining, which the Supreme Court decided is a constitutional right of all Canadians protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"It is time for the federal government to accept that the Charter is for all members of Canadian society, including federal public service workers," said PSAC president John Gordon. . .

To read further. . .

Links and sources
  PSAC goes to court to organize summer students, by Kathryn May, The Ottawa Citizen, February 4 2009
  Federal Government in violation of Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by PSAC, February 3 2009

Posted: February 04, 2009

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