In June of 2015, lawyers employed at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) along with The Society of Energy Professionals (The Society) launched a constitutional challenge following, at that time, two years of resistance by Legal Aid Ontario to recognize our right to collectively bargain as enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The application tells the chronological story of LAO lawyers campaign to secure collective bargaining rights and Legal Aid Ontario’s ongoing refusal to respect our choice.
LAO Lawyers’ campaign legal counsel, Steven Barrett of Sack, Goldblatt, Mitchell, believes we have a strong case, based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s holding in the RCMP case confirming employees have the constitutional right to democratically choose their own independent bargaining representative. Barrett was quoted at the time saying, “The continued refusal of Legal Aid Ontario to recognize the Society as the democratically independent association freely chosen by the majority of LAO lawyers, and the continued refusal of Legal Aid Ontario to enter into a process of meaningful collective bargaining with the Society, is a serious infringement of the freedom of association guarantee in section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
On June 27, 2016, LAO Lawyers and our chosen representative, The Society, filed our affidavits and supporting documentation. Read them here: