Labour law changes unionization rules

N.L. introduces secret ballot voting
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/23/2014

Unions in Newfoundland and Labrador fear the government’s sweeping changes to labour laws will make it more difficult to unionize.

Though it has only been two years since the province made amendments to the Labour Relations Act, this June saw the speedy passing of Bill 22, which established a new two-step certification process, including a mandatory secret ballot vote.

Under the new law, a clear majority of workers must vote to certify, regardless of how many signed union cards. As well, a certification vote with less than 70 per cent voter turnout counts those who don’t vote as automatically voting against unionization.