In an interesting intersection of two of my favourite areas (law and technology), Apple Insider reported last week that Apple recently announced that it was going to be conducting mandatory union awareness training to educate its employees on “how to deal” with unions. According to the article, the course is described by Apple as follows:
“This course is intended to provide managers with a practical understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why employees organize, and the legal do’s and don’ts of dealing with unions,” … “This is a mandatory class for all new managers, and is required biannually for all managers.”
There is no news if this program is coming to Canada. If they try, Apple’s mileage may vary as the laws in many of our provinces severly restrict an employer’s right to communicate with employees regarding unionization. There is however a debate raging before many labour tribunals as to how much that right can be restricted.
Does training like this have a place in Canada? Should it be allowed?