There comes a point in every union drive where the employer starts pulling all the stops to try and halt the momentum for independent, fair legal representation. Common tactics employers use to interfere with an organizing drive include:
- Calling someone into the office for a mandatory meeting and asking about the union
- Saying that management will refuse to deal with the union even if it’s certified
- Helping and encouraging anti-union employees to campaign against the union
- Promising wage increases, benefits or specific working conditions if employees reject the union
- Threatening to end present benefits if employees join a union
- Disciplining a union supporter for doing something employees who don’t support the union get away with
- Terminating employees without just cause to send an intimidating message to others
All of these tactics are illegal. CUPE has been notified about instances of WestJet recently trying to intimidate employees to refrain from joining the union – but it isn’t working.
Cabin Crew Members are more confident than ever that they deserve the strong representation that CUPE is offering.
It is your fundamental right to join the union of your choice. This is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is your Charter right to speak freely about your right to join a union. It is also your right to engage in a union campaign free from intimidation, threats, coercion, harassment or discrimination by your employer. If you think your rights or those of a co-worker are being threatened or violated, contact CUPE for more information about how to protect your rights.
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