Unifor filed a complaint with the B.C. Labour Relations Board on Aug. 7 after reports surfaced of Dearborn Ford’s managers interfering with union members during bargaining.
“Cutting side deals while hiding concessions undermines the collective bargaining process and will make it more difficult to achieve a fair settlement without job action,” says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president.
The alleged illegal tactics by the employer in Kamloops, B.C. constitute bad-faith bargaining and have hindered the union’s attempt to negotiate a new collective agreement, says Unifor.
The parties are scheduled to begin mediation on Aug. 13 but Unifor says the company’s tactics have to stop if bargaining is going to be successful.
“Approaching individuals with half-truths about the company’s proposed concessions was meant to derail the negotiation process, which will ultimately hurt the entire workforce at Dearborn Ford,” says Rene Pellerin, president of Local 10-B. “The right thing for Dearborn Ford to do is return to the bargaining table and immediately cease their campaign of misinformation.”
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.
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