A Canadian-owned furniture manufacturing company in Devlin, Ontario, Canada, is shutting down because the owners claim their Christian beliefs do not allow workers to be part of a union (video below).
Leon Gingrich, the president of Gingrich Woodcraft, explained how the company created custom-made furniture in 2014.
Gingrich Woodcraft said in a statement: "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," notes CBC News.
The "live peaceably with all men" is a Bible scripture reference from Romans 12:18, which makes no mention of workers, unions or wages.
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The next few verses, Romans 19:21, warn Christians not to take revenge on people, to feed their enemies and not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good.
By a vote of 69 percent, the 25 workers at Gingrich Woodcraft elected to join Unifor, a labor union in Canada.
Unifor has now filed a complaint against the furniture company with the Ontario Labor Relations Board.
"All I can tell you is this: This is against the law," Unifor national representative Stephen Boon told CBC News. "You cannot threaten or intimidate workers and take action directly aimed at unionization, and that's what this employer has done."
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"This could go away as soon as they realize what they are doing is against the law," Boon added.