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ALRB Decision - Freedom of Speech

Premium Brands named LabourWatch in a workplace posting

In late 2008 employees of Premium Brands in Calgary, Alberta applied to decertify the UFCW. The union filed Unfair Labour Practices charges.

Regarding communication the employer’s memo contained information about LabourWatch. The union did not expressly complain about the LabourWatch content. The 2004 decision allowed the vote to be counted and said nothing about LabourWatch. It merely reproduced the employer’s memo including the LabourWatch section. The vote was in favour of decertification.

Click here to read the LabourWatch summary, and the full Decision

Right to Fight

Critics question whether unions should save their voices for the bargaining table

The Ontario branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) describes itself on its Website as a "powerful political voice." The voice quavered this week when a call to bar Israeli academics from Ontario schools drew condemnation from a number of sides - including some of the union's own members.

In Response Gerry Nicolls states: In a true democracy, the rights of the minority must be protected - including the right not to associate. As Thomas Jefferson said: `To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.'

Click here to read James Cowan in the National Post, January 10, 2009
Click here to read Gerry Nicholls - National Post, January 13, 2009


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