Marvin Alfred, President/Business Agent, on behalf of the Executive Board of ATU Local 113, hailed the Ontario Superior Court decision striking down the legislation illegally limiting collective bargaining for over 12,000 TTC workers.
“This is an historic win for transit workers in Canada. The Court has delivered a major victory for free collective bargaining in Ontario and for our Local,” said Marvin Alfred. “Our members’ Charter rights have been violated for more than a decade. Fortunately, we are now able to return to the bargaining table without unfair government interference.”
Local 113 went to court seeking to strike down the 2011 TTC Labour Disputes Resolution Act, arguing that it violated its members Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to free association. The legislation had impaired the union’s ability to bargain freely with the TTC. The Court found that the legislation substantially interfered with meaningful collective bargaining. The Court further declined to suspend the legislation, meaning that Local 113 members will be able to bargain their next collective agreement free from the infringement on their Charter rights.
Marvin Alfred further indicated that “The Court found that Local 113 had only been on strike for 12 days in the 20 years prior to imposing the legislation. We’ve known for more than 10 years that our rights were being violated, and that the TTC had been given an unfair advantage in bargaining. I am looking forward to a return to free collective bargaining at the TTC.”