VDLC Labour Education - Charter Rights in the Workplace - Nov 16
111 Victoria Dr
Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4
In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada, and some lower courts, have confirmed important rights for Canadian unions and their members. Significantly, these include Freedom of Expression (picketing, leafletting, protest, privacy rights) and Freedom of Association (the right to organize, bargain, and strike). Decisions regarding Bill 29 in the health care sector, the Harper government back-to-work order against postal workers and the BC Teachers’ Federation win over the right to negotiate class size and composition all combine to establish these Charter rights. The implications of these decisions reach into every workplace, both in the public and private sector. This course provides an overview of Charter Rights, key decisions for unions ,and how these cases can be used to advance our collective interests.
Instructors Leo McGrady, Koskie Glavin, and Craig Bavis, Victory Square Law
Leo McGrady QC specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, intellectual property, and libel law, all on behalf of unions and employees. He has argued cases at all levels of court in BC and the Territories and served as counsel on a number of leading labour and charter cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Craig Bavis has been a labour lawyer since 2000 representing a wide range of unions and was counsel for the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour in the 2015 Supreme Court of Canada which recognized the right to strike.