B.C.'s special labour legislation unconstitutional,
says Supreme Court (Guest commentary)

Top court's labour ruling important in theory, limited in practice
By Gordon Sova
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/07/2007

Editor’s note: The following article is an opinion piece by Gordon Sova, editor of CLV Reports, a sister publication to Canadian HR Reporter, on the Supreme Court of Canada decision involving the Province of British Columbia’s special legislation that removed a number of protections from public-sector collective agreements. For more information about CLV Reports, visit www.hrreporter.com/clv.

The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling brought down on June 8 represents a sea change in the court’s thinking on the role and status of unions, but it will have only a limited effect on collective bargaining, as least for the vast majority of bargaining relationships.

The judgment in