In 2018, Les Serres Sagami filed a motion before the Québec Labour Administrative Tribunal (QLAT) to revoke the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) certification, alleging that the UFCW had lost the majority required to continue to represent its employees. The UFCW objected to the motion, claiming that Les Serres Sagami had interfered in the revocation process and that, as a result, the employees’ resignations from the union should be invalidated.
One of the difficult aspect of this case was that the employees were temporary migrant workers who only spoke Spanish. Although the union had no direct evidence of interference by the employer, it claimed that there was circumstantial evidence supporting its allegations. After five days of hearing, the QLAT granted the employer’s motion.
A Fasken team lead by Karine Fournier and including Laila Tremblay represented Les Serres Sagami throughout the motion’s process.