In Ontario there is only one thing anyone is talking about right now.
As negotiations with CUPE hit an impasse, Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce are forcing a contract on CUPE members and invoking the Notwithstanding Clause in the process. The Clause essentially ignores the fact unions have a Charter right to negotiate in good faith with their employers. The precedent that this move would set is a dangerous one for all Ontarians going forward. When the clause was introduced into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it wasn’t intended to be used as a negotiation tactic in union contracts.
This egregious overreach on the part of Doug Ford and his government is the entire topic of today’s episode. What are the repercussions for CUPE and other unions in the province, what would a protest actually look like, and what are the options going forward to ensure that Charter rights are exactly that…rights for all of us.
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