Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

June 17, 2009 15:09 ET

CUPE Won Major Victory for Casual Workers Rights

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - Canada's largest union won a major victory for the rights of New Brunswick casual workers.

In a decision released today, Justice Paulette Garnett of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench ruled that the New Brunswick Public Service Labour Relation Act is contrary to section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights which protects the right to freedom of association.

"We are very pleased with this victory. We have casual workers in this province who have been working as 'casual' in the public sector for years. Those workers have no rights, earn less and have no benefits," explained Daniel Legere, president of CUPE New Brunswick.

Justice Garnett stated that for many years the province, as an employer, has subjected casual workers to practices which can "only be described as unfair."

The judge is giving the province one year to remedy this situation.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) launched legal proceedings in September 2005 to obtain rights for those workers. Thousands of temporary or seasonal workers employed by the province could be affected by this decision.

The fight over casual workers has been waged multiple times over the past two decades.

Contact Information

  • Robert Hicks
    CUPE Maritimes Director
    506-643-0470 (cell)
    Daniel Legere
    CUPE NB President
    506-869-0424 (cell)
    Danielle Savoie
    CUPE Communication
    506-381-1966 (cell)