Employer did not block union workplace access

When the union asked for access to the factory on short notice, they were turned down. Management wanted at least a week’s notice. The arbitrator felt that the short notice was not unreasonable, but under the circumstances (there were no management personnel available to supervise the visit), the request could legitimately be refused.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/10/2011

When a union representative’s request to visit the plant was put off until the following week, the union grieved. The union characterized the employer’s denial of its request for access as a violation of the collective agreement.

The union concluded its first collective agreement with the employer in 2008. The employer was a food manufacturer operating out of a number of locations.

Health and safety and ensuring the integrity and security of its food manufacturing processes were abiding concerns of the employer.