Public opposition to union organizing

Where do you draw the line between an employer expressing opposition to a union drive and actually interfering?
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2014

Toughest HR Question

Question: Can an employer publicly oppose a union-organizing drive without interfering with workers’ rights to organize?

Answer: Labour relations statutes in all Canadian jurisdictions contain unfair labour practice provisions designed to prevent employers from interfering in union-organizing campaigns at their workplace. Employers are prohibited, for example, from dismissing or disciplining employees because they have engaged in union activities or from using coercion or intimidation to persuade employees to oppose unionization.