Three years ago, the Federal Government passed the Employees’ Voting Rights Act, which reformed the Canada Labour Code’s certification and decertification rules for federally regulated workplaces.
The most significant change was the removal of the 50 year old “card check” system. Card check allowed a union to be automatically certified without a vote when it could demonstrate that the majority of the employees in the proposed bargaining unit has signed membership cards and paid a nominal fee.
The other change was lowering the threshold for support for decertification from 50% +1 to 40%.
In Bill C-4, An Act to … Continue Reading
On December 16, 2014, the Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (“Code”), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Public Sector Labour Relations Act (certification and revocation – bargaining agent), also referred to as the “Employees’ Voting Rights Act” received Royal Assent and became law. This new legislation significantly changes the rules for certifying and decertifying a union for federally regulated employers. Those changes essentially make it easier to decertify a union and harder to certify one.
The amendments to certification and decertification requirements bring the Code in line with the labour legislation in several … Continue Reading