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Post-Incident Drug and Alcohol Test was Unreasonable – Grievor Awarded Damages for Breach of Privacy

Interfor Corporation v United Steelworkers, Local 1-405, 2022 CanLII 15915 (BC LA) The grievor, a sawmill worker, was moving empty Oxygen and Acetylene cylinders on pallets using a forklift. After he failed to properly secure a load of cylinders, they spilled from the pallet onto the ground. The employer conducted an investigation and concluded the spill had been a “triggering incident” under ...
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B.C. Labour Relations Board Upholds Right to Exert Economic Pressure on Employer through Hot Declaration

Western Forest Products Inc. v United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, Local 1-1937, 2019 CanLII 71440 (BC LRB). The Union, USW, Local 1-1937 (“USW”), was engaged in a legal strike against Western Forest Products (“WFP”), a forest company that operates various logging operations and manufacturing plants in Brit...
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Sandra Banister Q.C. Appointed as Special Adviser on Committee Reviewing the B.C. Labour Relations Code

Sandra Banister Q.C. has been appointed as a special adviser on the three-person committee tasked with reviewing the British Columbia Labour Relations Code (the “Code”). The panel will be chaired by mediator/arbitrator Michael Fleming with Sandra representing union interests and Barry Dong representing employer interests. The February 6, 2018 Media Release from the B.C. Ministry of Labour notes t...
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