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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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Workers Entitled to Severance Pay for Permanent Closure of a Logging Camp

Coulson Forest Products Ltd. v United Steelworkers, Local 1-1937, 2021 CanLII 41402 (BC LA); leave for reconsideration denied in 2021 BCLRB 139 (CanLII). Two workers, who had worked in the employer’s logging operation as machine operators for decades, were laid off and lost their seniority rights after the employer disposed of its Toquart Bay operation on Vancouver Island. They sought s...
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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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