See also: The Changing Workplaces Review
The Supreme Court of Canada has often noted that freedom of association protects the rights of employees to associate for the meaningful pursuit of collective workplace goals. The purpose of freedom of association in the workplace is “to preserve collective employee autonomy against the superior power of management and to maintain equilibrium between the parties.”
The Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) is the primary statute regulating labour relations for most Ontario private and public sector workplaces. The LRA contains provisions pertaining to:
These issues are important both to the parties directly involved in collective bargaining and to the public.