Canada high court ruled against farm workers union

On April 29, 2011, the Canada Supreme Court ruled that Ontario's Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA), which denies agricultural workers the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining, does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court determined in an 8-1 decision that the APEA does not violate workers' freedom of association because they are still permitted to form coalitions in bringing grievances to employers. The lawsuit was originally filed by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The UFCW has been engaged in litigation regarding farm workers' rights to unionize since the Ontario legislature repealed the short-lived Agricultural Labour Relations Act of 1994, which gave workers the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining.

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