Union members challenge employers by speaking out

Law gives union officials latitude to criticize, but malicious, reckless comments cross line
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2012

Over the past few months, several union executive members across Canada have been suspended or warned after speaking out against their employers

Most recently, Air Canada threatened to fire Capt. Paul Strachan, president of the Air Canada Pilot’s Association (ACPA), over comments he made the company says were “reckless” and constituted a breach of his duties as an employee.

Air Canada alleges Strachan publicly questioned the safety of the airline in a televised interview.