Union well within rights to post political notices

The collective agreement contained no express restrictions
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/11/2016

Controversial posters led to the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 21 filing a grievance against the City of Regina.

The employer ordered the union to remove posters it had placed on workplace notice boards urging members to support the “yes” side in an upcoming city-wide referendum. The referendum concerned the plan to impose a public-private partnership (P3) to operate the city’s waste water treatment facility.

While the union was a part of a coalition strongly opposed to the P3 project, the City of Regina’s city council had unanimously endorsed the P3 approach. The union complied with the employer’s directive to remove the posters but filed a grievance demanding the employer be required to refrain from interfering with union notices in the future.