Union organizer finds roadblock to new job

Driver actively organized union members with old employer but was not hired with others by new employer taking over driving contract
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call features a bus driver who claimed a new contractor didn’t hire him because of his union activities.

Glenn Polivka was a bus driver with a Saskatchewan school division that had a contract with a Regina school district to provide school bus services until June 30, 2006. On Jan. 1, 2006, Polivka’s division merged with another division to form the Prairie Valley School Division. The new division agreed to continue bus services for Regina until June 30, 2007, but no longer. Prairie Valley also told its drivers they would no longer be employed after that date.

Around the same time, Polivka was involved in organizing the drivers to discuss the way Prairie Valley assigned charter trip work. Prairie Valley was aware of Polivka’s role in the organizing.