CASE COMMENT: Temporarily Unchained: The Drive to Unionize Foreign Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Canada -- A Comment on Greenway Farms and UFCW


  • Robert Marc Russo



foreign workers, agriculture, Case commentary, Greenway Farms, trade unions


This case comment addresses the recent phenomenon of the unionization of temporary foreign agricultural labour in British Columbia.It focuses on a decision addressing unionization of a subset of temporary foreign workers, seasonal agricultural workers, who come to Canada through the federally administered Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

This commentary focuses on the Greenway/UFCW decision and its ramifications for guest workers in the SAWP working on BC farms. To that end, it will first include a brief explanation of the SAWP and of law relating to unionization of agricultural workers in Canada. I will then comment on the Board’s decision with a focus on the arguments both for and against extending rights to this group of temporary foreign workers. Finally, I will conclude with a comment on unionization as a means of extending post-national rights to temporary foreign workers.


Author Biography

Robert Marc Russo

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, UBC






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