Furniture maker closes, cites Bible after union vote

Do religious rights trump labour rights?
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2015

A rural Ontario furniture maker shut its doors last month after employees decided to join a union, saying its religion did not allow for  organized labour. 


Gingrich Woodcraft, a furniture manufacturer in Devlin, Ont., a small town that straddles the United States border, is the target of a labour board complaint filed by Unifor, which organized the company’s 25 employees. The workers are mostly cabinetmakers and office and clerical staff.