Employer fails to appear at arbitration hearing

Arbitrator orders employer provide contributions, information
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/11/2016

An arbitration hearing regarding an employer's apparent lack of contributions went ahead, despite a  lack of representation from the employer.

The grievance concerned a collective agreement between the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1325 and the Manitoba-based Drytec Interiors which required the company to make contributions to the union’s Health and Wellness Plan, its Pension Trust Fund and to the Alberta Carpenter Training and Apprenticeship Competition Fund.

Contributions to the programs in question were to be made with respect to every hour worked by each employee. In addition to making the required contributions by the 15th day of each month, the employer was also required to report the particulars of the wages and contributions.