Ontario government proposes public sector-union merger changes

No vote if 1 union represents 60 per cent of workforce
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/04/2015

A proposal to change the way Ontario’s public sector unions merge bargaining units has raised the eyebrows of organized labour — but the government says the changes will streamline the process.

Bill 109, known as the Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act, was introduced at Queen’s Park earlier this summer by labour minister Kevin Flynn and amends various statutes governing how the province deals with its unions.

Under the current draft, when an employer must merge bargaining units following an event such as amalgamation or a
restructuring, workers would not be required to choose the winning union if one union represented at least 60 per cent of the workforce.