LEVY: Shut-out unions get their day in court against city

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It was far from Toronto council’s finest hour. Nearly two years ago, council voted overwhelmingly not to open up City Hall to bids on large construction projects from all union and non-union shops — becoming the only city in Canada to maintain an archaic closed-shop tendering process. They had the opportunity to reverse that by opting into Sec. 9 of the Labour Relations Act, which had removed a two-decades-old loophole allowing tendering by only nine select unions on major costly construction projects.

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