Labour dispute ends at FortisBC
Today, the IBEW 213 (electric) informed FortisBC that it has accepted the company’s invitation to move forward with binding arbitration, bringing an end to the labour dispute.
“We are pleased that the union leadership has accepted our invitation,” said Michael Mulcahy, executive vice-president, human resources, customer service and corporate services. “This is a positive step. We’ll be welcoming our employees back in the coming days and now both parties can start to move forward.”
FortisBC employees will return to work beginning Friday, December 20, under the terms of the expired collective agreement. The arbitration process will begin at a later date, with the outcome resulting in a new collective agreement.
Binding arbitration is an established labour practice, which sees a neutral third party resolve the outstanding issues between the two parties. The company invited the IBEW 213 (electric) to Binding Interest Arbitration on December 6. The union provided a counter proposal, which led to discussions and a final agreement on December 16.
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