More freedom to communicate for B.C. bosses

B.C. has seen a decrease in the number of certifications and an increse in the number of decertifications
By Gary Catherwood
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/23/2003

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ith recent changes to British Columbia’s Labour Relations Code, employers now have greater latitude in what they communicate to employees during a certification or decertification drive.

In the past couple of years, decertifications have become a significant topic in B.C. There has been a decrease in the number of certifications and an increase in the number of decertifications. This is due to earlier legislative changes, in August 2001, requiring a vote by employees when a union seeks certification. Prior to that, the union could apply and be “automatically” certified if it had at least 55 per cent signed up as members. In one month recently the number of decertifications granted exceeded the number of certifications.