Dear WestJet Cabin Crew Members,
It is CUPE’s priority that you have all of the information you need in order to act upon your right to join a union. Unfortunately, WestJet management sent an e-mail titled “CUPE” earlier today to all Inflight employees that withheld key information about the Canada Labour Code that protects your rights employees during an organizing drive.
First and foremost, it is your right to join the trade union of your choice and the Canada Labour Code prevents WestJet from interfering in that right.
In fact, it would be a violation of the Canada Labour Code for WestJet management to attempt to prevent union supporters from speaking to other WestJet employees about unionization at the airport outside of their working hours.
Many dedicated supporters like yourself have stepped-up to distribute information at the airport on their days off and we encourage these actions.
Section 96 of the Canada Labour Code is clear: “No person shall seek by intimidation or coercion to compel a person to become or refrain from becoming or to cease to be a member of a trade union.”
This provision equally prevents employers from intimidating or coercing a person to compel them from becoming a member of a union.
Some examples of prohibited employer conduct include:
- Asking whether someone has joined, or is thinking of joining, a union.
- Calling someone into the office to talk about the union, unless that person asks for a meeting.
- Disciplining a union supporter for doing something employees who don’t support the union also do but get away with.
- Helping or even encouraging employees who are organizing against a union.
If you feel pressured by the employer to not sign a card or to disclose that you have signed a card, or if the employer threatens retaliation, please contact CUPE immediately by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your CUPE-WestJet Organizing Committee