Supreme Court upholds mandatory union membership law

Quebec construction workers forced to join union
||Last Updated: 06/25/2002

A provision in the Quebec Construction Act has been sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Canada, even though it may well violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The appellants in the case were contractors, real estate promoters and construction workers. They had been charged with hiring employees who didn’t have the required competency certificates to work on construction projects.

The appellants argued that, because the workers could not obtain the certificates without becoming members of a union, this requirement was unconstitutional. It violated their right