Why is Doug Ford’s Charter-busting Bill 28 so bad?

Why is Doug Ford’s Charter-busting Bill 28 so bad?

Picket sign that says 'I stand with education workers' in front of Queen's Park
Picket sign that says 'I stand with education workers' in front of Queen's Park

What people are saying about Ford’s unprecedented attack on workers’ rights

  • “Really, among the most draconian pieces of labour legislation in the modern era in Canada… an extreme overreach by the government.” – David Doorey, associate professor of work law at York University. Toronto Star Nov. 2, 2022
  • “Bill 28’s use of the notwithstanding clause to deny workers’ rights under the Charter, especially the right to strike and the right to collective bargaining under s. 2(d), is unprecedented. Bill 28 prohibits strike activity before a strike has even begun and erodes or undermines collective bargaining by imposing a collective agreement on the Union and workers.”- Koskie Minsky Legal Review of the Bill, Nov. 2, 2022
  • The notwithstanding clause was “never meant to be used in contract negotiations, or as a casual tool to disrupt basic human rights safeguarded in our Charter….This misuse, and the flagrant disregard for individual rights is wrong and it is dangerous to our constitutional democracy.” – Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

What Bill 28 means for CUPE Education Workers and for all of us:

Collective bargaining gives you and your co-workers a voice in your workplace.

It is through the bargaining process that you can negotiate improvements to wages, working conditions and the services you provide.

Doug Ford’s Bill 28 ends bargaining for CUPE Education workers and it sets a grim precedent for bargaining for all workers.

What does Bill 28 override?

  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • The Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Collective Bargaining rights

What’s to stop Doug Ford from doing this to you?

Unless we all stand together, nothing is stopping Ford from doing this to all workers.

Ford is taking away your right to have a say in your workplace. He’s forcing workers to accept a set of work conditions without those workers having any say in it.

Despite skyrocketing inflation, your rights to bargain a fair deal have been taken away.

This bill takes away your constitutional rights to challenge this legislation.

This bill takes away the ability to send disputes to arbitration.