Place des Arts Wins Big In Court

Montreal’s Place des Arts won a major court battle yesterday, when Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the arts center had not engaged in strikebreaking practices when it responded to a 1999 technicians’ strike by telling its tenants that they would need to supply their own technicians in the future. At the time, Place des Arts was fined $5000 for the tactic, but the center won an injunction in 2001, and the legal fight progressed through the courts to the nation’s highest judicial panel. The technicians’ union was stunned by the ruling, but said that its members will continue to abide by a standing truce until a new agreement can be negotiated.