Under a Sectoral Standards Agreement, a labour union will certify one workplace and then extend that throughout a regional/occupational/industrial labour market. This could create a scenario where thousands of small employers are negotiating with one union bargaining council. For example, all coffee shop workers in Toronto would have one union, like construction trades. Some voices have gone so far as to suggest freelancers, dependent contractors, and self-employed workers be granted access to such a collective bargaining regime. This proposal raises more questions than answers.
Recommendation 1: Rather than engage in legislative reform in this area, the Government should focus its efforts on compliance and enforcement of the current provisions of the ESA.