Ontario union claims victory in case involving temps

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is hailing a recent arbitration decision as a major victory for temporary workers
|Canadian Employment Law Today

According to the union, arbitrator Rick MacDowell ruled that temporary employees of the former Ontario Property Assessment Corporation (OPAC, now called the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation - MPAC) were unjustly excluded from the collective agreement between OPAC and OPSEU covering the period 2000 to 2002.

OPSEU president Leah Casselman called the ruling “visionary” and said it would have a profound impact on the way current and future temporary employees hired from outside private agencies are treated by their employers.

“The significance (of the ruling) should not be underestimated,” said Casselman. “The increased level of temporary workers hired from employment agencies is frightening and this decision should begin to put the brakes on employers who ignore our firm position that temporary workers are, in fact, covered by collective agreements.”