April - Labour Trilogy

Date: 
April 9, 1987
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on a series of three cases involving restrictive labour laws, commonly referred to as the ‘Labour Trilogy’ cases. The decision provided a narrow and restrictive definition of freedom of association as guaranteed under section 2(d) of the Charter as protecting only the right to join a union, but not to engage in union activities. The Labour Trilogy cases centered on the right to collective bargaining and strike. These rigid limitations on union activity had largely withstood legal scrutiny for 20 years until June 7, 2007 when the Supreme Court overturned the decision by recognizing collective bargaining as a constitutional right.