Monday, October 15, 2012

BC Supreme Court upholds dismissal of s.12 complaint

The BC Supreme Court refused to overturn a decision of the LRB dismissing a s.12 complaint against the BCGEU.  In Mazerolle v. Labour Relations Board the BCGEU settled a grievance but the grievor changed her mind right after the settlement.  BCGEU refused to renege on the settlement and the court found that it wa reasonable for the LRB to conclude that broader labour relations reasons were proper for the BCGEU to consider in deciding not to renege on the settlement with the employer. 
There are some good lessons for stewards and union representatives from this case.  The most important one is to take good thorough notes of the discussions with grievors throughout the course of settlement negotiation and to keep the grievor informed throughout the whole process.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, what do you follow to hear about new cases such as this one soon after they are released?

Carmela Allevato said...

Generally the BC courts post their decisions on the courts' website the day they are issued.