Arbitration process a ‘sham’ according to ex-worker

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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/18/2013

AN EXPERIENCED LONGSHOREMAN was wrongly discharged, an arbitrator ruled, and should be reinstated — if, that is, he wants his job back.

Wayne Silver was employed by the Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA) in Hamilton. The International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1654 filed grievances on Silver’s behalf for lost wages caused by discriminatory conduct and for reinstatement following termination.

The grievor did not appear at the Sept. 16 hearing. After several hours the union elected to continue in Silver’s absence. At the continuation of the hearing the following day, Silver was absent again.