Saskatchewan Woman Exempted From Union on Religious Grounds

CBC Saskatchewan reported this week that a Saskatoon woman was exempted from union membership on religious grounds at a hearing by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board.

The woman claimed that, as a Seventh-Day Adventist, she was prohibited from union membership, despite the fact that she admitted that union membership was “not irreconcilable” with her religious beliefs.  The source of her objection was that unions are confrontational by nature, which runs counter to Jesus’ teaching that everyone is to be kind to one another.

Under the ruling, the woman is not required to pay union dues but must pay an equivalent amount to a charity that she and the union agree on.