Labour Board finds that Manitoba Harvest violated rights of workers seeking unionization

WINNIPEG, April 11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Manitoba Labour Board released its long-awaited decision in the complaint of unfair labour practices filed by Workers United Canada Council in November 2015.  The lengthy case was heard over 16 days between February and October 2016.

The Board determined that Manitoba Harvest committed unfair labour practices by firing two employees who were Union supporters.  Manitoba Harvest has been ordered to reinstate these two employees to their employment and pay compensation to each of them for their loss of income and other employment benefits.

Manitoba Harvest was also found to have committed unfair labour practices because:

  • two maintenance employees acted on behalf of Manitoba Harvest in intimidating other employees in the workplace; and
  • a Supervisor acted on behalf of Manitoba Harvest in questioning employees about their support for the Union.


Manitoba Harvest has been ordered to pay to the Union the amount of $2,000 for the violation of the Union's rights under the Act.

"It's unacceptable that big companies break the law in order to prevent workers from exercising their rights. These unfair terminations have had devastating effects on the lives of these workers, their families and their futures. We're happy to see the MLRB enforce the laws meant to protect workers' rights to organize," said Barry Fowlie, Director of Workers United Canada Council.

Workers United Canada Council continues its strong support for the workers at Manitoba Harvest.  Given the Board's decision in this case, the Union has asked the Board to reconsider its earlier decision to dismiss the Union's application for certification.

SOURCE Workers United Canada Council

For further information: Rabia Syed, Organizer, Workers United Canada Council, (204) 588-2245


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