On February 2, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Remstar’s request for an appeal and established that Remstar was in fact the employer of the union members when the TQS-Québec newsrooms were closed in violation of collective agreements. Remstar is therefore responsible for the consequences of their failure to respect the rights of the members of the Syndicat des employés de TQS-Québec (CUPE 3946).
This means that approximately sixty former employees of the TQS newsroom in Quebec City will receive full severance benefits under the collective agreement. After three requests from Remstar for review or appeal, the company’s position has been invalidated. Remstar was claiming that the former employees were simply TQS-Québec creditors entitled to a fraction (less than 15 per cent) of their benefits and their pay equity adjustments.
“Given the length of the judicial process, this is a particularly well-deserved victory for the union members. They were determined and tenacious in asserting their rights. It is unfortunate that Remstar was so reluctant to acknowledge its responsibility in this matter,” according to CUPE counsel Annick Desjardins.