Unifor files labour board complaints against northern Ontario furniture maker
Gingrich Woodcraft cited faith for closure after workers voted to join union
A spokesperson for the labour board said a hearing will take place Monday morning in Toronto.
The furniture company based in Devlin, near Fort Frances, Ont., unexpectedly closed its doors after its 25 employees voted 69 per cent in favour of joining Unifor, the largest private-sector union in the country.
The owner, Leon Gingrich, has cited religious reasons for the closure.
The company said in a statement that, as Christian business owners, their personal beliefs do not allow them freedom to work with a labour union.
The company stated, "We are required by scripture to 'live peaceably with all men,' and not to use force to gain what we want or for what is required to succeed."
Gingrich Woodcraft had been in business for 18 years.