Seasonal farm workers win right to unionize in Quebec

Small family farms at risk of disappearing: Farmer’s association
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/31/2014

After a battle at the labour board, seasonal agricultural workers in Quebec have won the right to join a union.

Last year, the Quebec Labour Relations Board (QLRB) struck down a 40-year-old article in the labour code as unconstitutional, ruling that, whether seasonal or year-round, all employees at all farming operations should be able to organize under a union banner.

The QLRB gave the provincial government one year to change the law and, as of March 11, it became officially legal for seasonal agricultural workers to negotiate a collective agreement.