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Ontario union debate is heating up


February 13, 2009
By The Canadian Press

Feb. 13, 2009 — A union has filed a document with the Supreme Court of Canada arguing why the Ontario government's appeal of a lower court decision on agricultural workers forming unions should be denied.

Feb. 13, 2009 — A union has filed a document with the Supreme Court of Canada arguing why the Ontario government's appeal of a lower court decision on agricultural workers forming unions should be denied.

In November, the Ontario Court of Appeal tossed out a provincial law that effectively prohibited farm workers from unionizing.

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The provincial government subsequently asked the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the decision, angering members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada.

The factum filed by the union's lawyers Friday outlines their reasons for why the province's leave to appeal to the Supreme Court should be denied.

Union president Wayne Hanley notes the Supreme Court has twice before ruled that all workers in Canada have the right to join a union.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide on whether to hear the appeal in the spring.


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