Every workers has the right to join a union of their choosing, free of undue influence, threats or coercion from the employer – and that includes WestJet workers.
WestJet management is fully aware of your rights and its own obligations. Despite this, Unifor has had to speak to WestJet managers this summer after is has come to our attention that some individual managers have attempted to restrict your right to be informed about joining a union.
Under the Canada Labour Code, you have the right:
- To discuss joining Unifor on your own time. This includes breaks and lunchtime, including in the Owner’s Lounge, as well as before and after your shift.
- To discuss joining Unifor in your uniform
- To sign Unifor membership cards on your own time, including in the Owner’s Lounge
- To read Unifor materials on your own time, including in the Owner’s Lounge
- To express your own opinions about unionization on your own time, including in the Owner’s Lounge
Please note that you do not have the right to impede the functioning of the business, which is why you must discuss joining Unifor and sign cards on your own time. This restriction does not apply to the Owner’s Lounge.
Notify the union, immediately if the employer violates your rights during this organizing driver. The union can file an “Unfair Labour Practice Complaint” with the Labour Board, which in turn has the authority to order any remedy that it feels is appropriate and that addresses any violation of the Canada Labour Code under Sections 94, 96, 97 & 99 of the code.
If you have any questions at all, please contact your organizing team:
Billy O'Neill, Unifor
[email protected] | 416-605-1443
Bruce Fafard, Unifor
[email protected] | 780-930-3086
Murray Gore, Unifor
[email protected] | 604-671-9141
Patrick Murray, Unifor
[email protected] | 506-850-7996
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