The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has launched a Charter challenge to contest the government’s cancellation of the Colleges Task Force. Following five weeks of picket lines, the task force was established as part the arbitration award that ended last fall’s college faculty strike.
The task force was meant to address many of the major outstanding issues in bargaining, including faculty complement, precarious work, college funding, student success, and collegial governance.
Despite the previous government’s commitment to consider the task force’s recommendations, Premier Ford cancelled the task force on his first day in office – even though it had nearly completed its work.
Because the task force was established through the collective bargaining process, its cancellation is a violation of collective bargaining rights protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.