VANCOUVER, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - The Canada Industrial Relations Board has
dismissed allegations of bad faith bargaining leveled at the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada by the BC Maritime
In a decision released on Friday, the CIRB dismissed completely the
allegations made by the BCMEA that the Union has been bargaining in bad
faith or failed to make every reasonable effort to reach a collective
Indeed, the Board laid the blame for the failure to reach an agreement
squarely at the feet of the BCMEA.
The Board made it abundantly clear that the BCMEA's agenda for
legislative change to curtail the free collective bargaining rights of
ILWU members has "overshadowed" and "infected" the negotiations.
The CIRB decision also noted that the Union's negotiating position could
only be characterized as fighting hard to protect the interests of ILWU
Thankfully, given the BCMEA's agenda to frustrate the negotiations, the
Board also found that there is nothing illegal or unlawful for the ILWU
to seek to bargain with individual members of the BCMEA who directly
employ ILWU members. The Board made it clear that industry-wide
bargaining is optional, not mandatory.
"We think the Board got it right, just as Special Mediators Hughes and
Rooney did in their report in July last year. The CIRB has cleared the
air and created the right climate for us to move forward now and reach
an agreement," said ILWU Canada President Tom Dufresne.
As a result of this decision, the Board has no mandate or jurisdiction
to impose a new collective agreement or to impose binding arbitration.
The ILWU Canada and ILWU Local 514 have been trying to reach an
agreement for the past 12 months with the BCMEA to renew longshore
contracts that expired in March 2010 throughout the Pacific Gateway.
SOURCE International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada
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