Organized labour’s advocacy role

How unions put the brakes on the biggest privatization plan in Ontario’s history
By David T.A. Côté
|Canadian Employment Law Today

While the political dust may have settled, it's interesting to review the recent decision in the case of

Payne v. Ontario (Minister of Energy, Science and Technology)

2002 CarswellOnt 2394 (O.S.C.) This case, brought by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), held that the Ontario government did not have the power, under recently enacted legislation, to privatize Ontario Hydro. The decision was a surprise to many and effectively stopped what would have been one of the largest securities offerings in Ontario history.