Arbitrator denies media access to proceedingsThe 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.05/07/2012|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.