Furniture maker shutters, cites faith

Unifor files labour board complaint against Gingrich Woodcraft
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2015

A rural Ontario furniture maker shuttered last month after employees decided to join a union, saying its religion did not allow for organized labour.

Gingrich Woodcraft, a furniture manufacturer in Devlin, Ont., a small town that straddles the Canada-United States border, is the target of a labour board complaint filed by Unifor, which organized the company’s 25 employees, made up mostly of cabinetmakers and office and clerical staff.

According to court documents filed by the union, employees reached out to Unifor in July concerning general dissatisfaction with the way Gingrich operated and managed its employees. On Aug. 5, the union filed a certification application and on Aug. 13, the representation vote was successful.