Union wins legal battle with Northern Lights Casino

The union certification at a Prince Albert casino has been upheld by the highest court in Canada.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an application to declare the union invalid.

That puts an end to a two-year battle between Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

SIGA tried four times to overturn the union certification.

But it's now run out of legal options. The union's lawyer, Rick Engel, is glad the issue is settled. "This part's behind us, we're thankful about that and clearly ready to have the collective bargaining agreement put in place and get on with life up in Prince Albert."

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Indian Gaming Authority says the decision is disappointing.

Clint Weiland says the case will have important ramifications for all native-run businesses in Canada.

The employer says the union should have been certified under federal labor law, not the provincial code.