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June 30th, 2015
June 30th, 2015

AJC Joins in Charter Challenge Against Bill C-59

Lawsuit Is Filed Before the Ontario Superior Court

The Association of Justice Counsel is joining forces with other federal public service unions to challenge the constitutionality of Division 20 of the recent omnibus budget Bill C-59.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday (Monday, June 29, 2015) in the Ontario Superior Court by 12 of the 17 unions representing core federal public servants. Several media articles were published today on the Charter challenge.

C-59 was recently passed. You will recall that Division 20 of C-59 empowers Treasury Board to ignore its statutory collective bargaining obligations under the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA).  

It gives Treasury Board President Tony Clement the power to override existing terms and conditions and impose unilateral changes to sick leave provisions in federal public service collective agreements.  

It also gives him power to unilaterally implement a future short-term disability plan and changes to the existing long-term disability program  without any regard to previously negotiated agreements, to the collective bargaining process or its accountability and transparency obligations to taxpayers.

In fact, Treasury Board has been unable to explain how the government will save the much-publicized $900 million with a new sick leave and short-term disability plan, and it refuses to say how much this new plan will actually cost taxpayers.

Bill C-59 has an impact on your rights, it has an impact on bargaining, and we encourage you to follow this file closely.

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