Union reacts: letter was not a threat
Oct 18, 2013 / 6:00 am
A letter sent to Central Okanagan automotive repair shops and dealerships by Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was not meant to be a threat.
That by union assistant business manager Rod Russell, who signed the letter dated October 7. The correspondence was leaked to Castanet News earlier this week.
The union is currently is the midst of a labour dispute with FortisBC, which locked out approximately 200 unionized employees back on June 26.
"It's not meant to be a threat. It's more just an information item for them," says Russell when contacted by Castanet News.
"We're in this unfortunate spot where the company has got all these people at their disposal. I'm having a hard time keeping up with their full time media people with the stuff they are putting out."
Russell says the union has few options at its disposal in order to put pressure on the company to resolve the dispute.
"The meters keep running and the money keeps rolling in, but we have few tools in the toolbox," says Russell.
"One of the things we can do is anybody who provides aid to them (Fortis), we can apply for ally status and look to picket them."
Russell says it's a tactic they do not want to resort to.
"We are just wanting them to know that might be an avenue we take. We are in such a tough spot."
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