A judge has granted an injunction to a Brampton waste disposal and collection business, preventing strikers with the Canadian Union of Public Employees from blockading or obstructing access to its Toronto and Brampton locations.
Although union members will be allowed to picket outside Wasteco for “informational purposes,” they will not be permitted to delay Wasteco trucks going in or out of the premises for more than five minutes, Superior Court Justice Mary Anne Sanderson wrote in a 10-page decision.
“In my view, the value to CUPE 416 of such obstructive picketing is far outweighed by the harm to Wasteco, its customers and the public,” Sanderson concluded.
“Where, as here, the picketing has obstructed a public thoroughfare, a danger has been posed to members of the public and the picketers themselves,” the judge wrote.
“Wasteco contends it has been unfairly caught” in the strike against the city of Toronto because it is “a competitor of the City, and have said they have no labour dispute with Local 416 or the city of Toronto, the judge wrote.