AUPE wins injunction; Bill 46 on ice until Charter case determined

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The Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) received a Valentine's Day gift in the form of an injunction Friday.

Two weeks ago, the union, which represents public sector workers in Alberta, requested an injunction against Bill 46, which strips AUPE's ability to go to binding arbitration and instead imposes wages on their union members should no new collective agreement be reached.

AUPE is currently fighting Bill 46 in Alberta courts, arguing that it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They requested an injunction of the bill until a final decision is made in the case.

"I am extremely pleased the court recognized the merit of our arguments and how seriously our members' Charter rights have been impaired by the Progressive Conservative's legislation," said AUPE President Guy Smith in a statement released after the decision was released.

The union has made it clear they plan to challenge Bill 46 all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary. The injunction ensures that until a final decision is made, the union will continue to proceed to arbitration if they are unable to reach a collective agreement with the Government of Alberta.

The Government of Alberta is appealing the injunction decision.

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