Arbitrator denies media access to proceedings

The news media applied for access to a contentious arbitration hearing. Both parties objected. The arbitrator refused access, finding it could taint the evidence of witnesses who were excluded. The publicity might also preclude a voluntary settlement.
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2012

A national broadcaster applied for permission to observe and broadcast segments of an arbitration hearing scheduled to examine the grievance of one of nine workers terminated during the course of a prolonged and bitter strike.

Both the union and the employer argued against allowing the media access to the proceedings.

It was agreed that a determination on the issue was entirely within the Arbitrator’s discretion and that the factors identified in North Simcoe Hospital Alliance v. Ontario Nurses’ Association should apply.