Every worker in Manitoba has the right to form and belong to a union – Manitoba labour law protects you.
The law prevents your employer from firing, punishing or mistreating you for joining or creating a union.
Under the law, employees are entitled to be free from any coercion, intimidation or harassment when making their decision whether or not to join a union or organize a union at their workplace. Although an employer may insist that you restrict your union organizing activities to off-duty hours, what you do on your own time is your business.
It’s illegal for any employer to:
- fire, demote, lay off or otherwise punish an employee for engaging in union activities
- threaten to punish an employee in any way for engaging in union activities or for exercising any of the
- employee's legal rights under the Labour Relations Act of Manitoba
- interrogate an employee as to whether he or she has applied for membership in a trade union
- attempt to discourage an employee from joining a union
- attempt to influence an employee's choice as to which union to select as their bargaining agent
Employers who engage in such illegal activities are committing an unfair labour practice under the Labour Relations Act and may be subject to legal sanctions and financial penalties.
If the Manitoba Labour Board rules that an unfair labour practice has been committed, the Board has the power to order the reinstatement of any employee who has been improperly terminated or to order other remedies.
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