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Court backs fines for not picketing

Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 12:45 am
by JohnDoe
Court backs fines for not picketing
A first for Ontario: Four members ordered to pay union thousands of dollars

Published: Friday, February 24, 2006
OTTAWA - The Public Service Alliance of Canada is making good on threats to fine members who refused to walk the picket line during the massive 2004 federal strike, marking the first time a union in Ontario has levied such fines.

So far, four members have been ordered by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court to pay the union thousands of dollars in fines.

And the union says this is only the beginning of the legal action -- as many as 196 more Ontario members will be hauled before the courts in the coming months.

"This shows we can fine people who choose not to respect the picket line," said Chris Aylward, PSAC's regional vice-president with the Union of Taxation Employees. "The judge ruled that the fines are collectable."