B.C. dealership attempted to decertify union

For the second time this year, a Port Alberni, B.C., dealership has been cited for unfair labour practices for how it dealt with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

The president of Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd., William Pulford, negotiated directly with two unionized detailers and “successfully enticed them with higher pay and benefits” to take jobs at his non-unionized Ford store, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board said in an opinion by Vice-Chair Komi Kandola. He did so to induce them to leave the union, it said.

The dealership also improperly denied the IAMAW access to the workplace to meet with its members, thus “unreasonably” interfering with the union’s right and duties as the employees’ exclusive bargaining agent, Kandola held.

IAMAW representative Paul Pelletreau said the dealership has complied with the board order, that the two sideshave finished negotiations and that union members have ratified a new contract.

In May, the board found that the store’s president committed an unfair practice by promising raises and other benefits to union members if they voted to decertify.

You can reach Eric Freedman at freedma5@msu.edu

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