Technology opens up new freedom of speech issues

Social media testing limits of union rights as long strike prompts unprecedented campaign
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/12/2011

Its not unusual for unions — or employers for that matter — to lash out publicly during a labour dispute.

But the growth of mass communication over the past decade is allowing for a new level of expression and legal experts say it’s wise for both sides to exercise some caution.

The issue was brought to the spotlight recently when the United Steelworkers launched an aggressive public relations campaign against Toronto manufacturer Infinity Rubber.