BC Hydro issued this news release today (May 27, 2015):
The BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have secured an agreement on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognizing that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation that includes building trades unions.
The framework allows the project to operate as a managed open site that includes participation from union and non-union workers as well as independent and First Nations contractors.
"This agreement ensures workers from all labour groups can build Site C together and paves the way for the labour stability that I believe British Columbians want as we undertake building the largest hydroelectric project in a generation," said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro. "It allows for a managed open site and also takes important steps to ensure the BC Building Trades unions will take part in the construction along with all other B.C. workers." read more »
FortisBC applies to BC Labour Relations Board to have certain work functions designated as essential
FortisBC has filed an application to have certain work functions designated as essential services under the BC Labour Relations Code.
This is the second BC utility to file such an application in the last few months. Back in April 2012, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ("ICBC") - the province's "basic insurance" vehicle insurer - also filed an essential services application. More information about that application, including the application itself, can be found on COPE 378's website here.
"What Constitutes Family Status Discrimination?" (March 24, 2010) is the title of an article written by Maria Kotsopulous, a lawyer at Blaney McMurtry in Ontario.
The article addresses the arbitration award in IBEW, Local 636 vs. Power Stream Inc. (Bender) (Re), 186 L.A.C. (4th) (June 11, 2009) (N Jesin) (Ontario).
The article was originally published in the newsletter Employment Notes.