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Government files Bill 124 appeal; AMAPCEO keeps up the fight

Publish date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 update

As you may have already seen, with only days left in 2022, the government filed an appeal of the Superior Court’s decision to strike down Bill 124.

AMAPCEO is disappointed that the government chose not to heed the urging of the Ontario labour community and the wisdom of the courts, both of whom have now said that Bill 124 is an infringement on collective bargaining and a violation of Charter rights.

However, we are neither surprised nor unprepared.

AMAPCEO, along with the 39 other unions making up the coalition challenging Bill 124 in court, began preparing for this move from the government as soon as the Superior court’s decision was announced.

The legal process is lengthy and complex; the date of the appeal has not yet been scheduled, but we hope to see it later this year. AMAPCEO will keep members updated by email and via the website as soon as we have new information to share. 

Rest assured that your union stands united with the many public sector unions impacted by Bill 124. Our shared fight to overturn this unconstitutional law will continue in the courts for as long as it takes.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).