Lack of local elections a rare situation: OLRB

Lack of local executive election leads to unfair labour practice allegation by members
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/22/2012

A petition by members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1110 to force an election for local executive positions is a rarity, according to Voy Stelmaszynski, a solicitor with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).

The local represents more than 5,000 health-care workers across the province. It has been under “provisional” status since its inception in 1997 and has never held local elections.

Now some of members are asking the OLRB to force a vote, alleging the lack of elections constitutes an unfair labour practice under the provincial labour relations act.