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Restrictive Labour Laws directory


Title Jurisdiction Type of Legislation Datesort ascending

Health and Community Services Resumption and Continuation Act, 1999 (April)

The Act ended a strike by members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union

Newfoundland and Labrador Back to work - settlement imposed April 1999

Government Services Act, 1999 (Bill C-76, March)

The Act ended rotating strikes by blue-collar federal public service employees, extended the expired collective agreements and permitted the government to set the terms and conditions of employment.  It was passed after a tentative agreement to end the dispute had been reached between the parties.

Federal Government Back to work - settlement imposed March 1999

Prevent Unionization with Respect to Community Participation under the Ontario Works Act, 1998 (Bill 22, December)

The Act prevented workers participating in mandatory “workfare” programs from joining a union, bargaining collectively and/or striking.

Ontario Denial of right to join a union December 1998

Maintenance of Saskatchewan Power Corporation’s Operations Act, 1998 (Bill 65, October)

The Act ended a strike by employees at a provincial Crown Corporation, extended the expired collective agreement for three years and imposed annual wage increases of two percent.

Saskatchewan Back to work - settlement imposed October 1998

Back to School Act, 1998 (Bill 62, September)

The Act ended a strike by teachers employed with eight publicly funded school boards, including seven separate school boards, imposed contractual terms and conditions and instituted a compulsory mediation-arbitration system presided over by government-appointed arbitrators.

Ontario Back to work - settlement imposed September 1998

Public Education Collective Agreement Act, 1998 (Bill 39, July)

The Act imposed a province-wide collective agreement on teachers employed by public school boards based on terms negotiated between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the government. The B C Post-Secondary Eployers' Association, representing school boards, were excluded from the negotiations.

British Columbia Restrictions on scope of bargaining July 1998

Economic Development and Workplace Democracy Act, 1998 (Bill 31, June)

The Act increased barriers to organizing drives and certification votes, facilitated decertification and enabled the government to ban private sector strikes on large-scale construction projects to prevent economic losses.

Ontario Restrictions on certification June 1998

Education Quality Improvement Act, 1997 (Bill 160, December)

The Act enabled government to regulate terms and conditions of employment for teachers and removed cost items, including preparation time and class size, from collective bargaining.

Ontario Restrictions on scope of bargaining December 1997

Postal Services Continuation Act, 1997 (Bill C-24, December)

The Act ended a strike by postal workers, extended the expired collective agreement for three years, imposed pay awards and required the mediator-arbitrator appointed by the Minister to take Canada Post Corporation’s interests into account, including its viability and financial stability.

Federal Government Back to work - settlement imposed December 1997

Public Sector Transition Stability Act, 1997 (Bill 136, June)

The Act applied to public sector workers in newly merged workplaces and compelled run-off votes between unions. It also gave the authority to a government-appointed Commissioner to impose the first collective agreement where agreement could not be reached with the new bargaining unit in the newly merged workplace.

Ontario Suspension of bargaining rights June 1997


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