Judge grants TWU an injunction banning union leader
Published: Friday, December 08, 2006
B.C. Supreme Court Judge Joel Groves today granted the Telecommunication Workers Union an injunction banning union leader Bruce Bell from acting as its president.
It is a temporary resolution to the ongoing bitter dispute that split the union following the ratification of a controversial contract with Telus Corp. a year ago.
"This is very much a Band-Aid solution," Groves said, but added that it was necessary to allow the TWU to function.
Groves' ruling upholds an August decision by the union's internal decision-making body, the TWU trial board, removing Bell as president.
He rejected the appeal decision of Canadian Labour Congress ombudsman John Shields, which reinstated Bell, and denied the now-former president his application for an injunction to stop the union from interfering in his role.
Groves did, however, rule that the Bell is still entitled to remain a TWU member in good standing so that he may vie for the president's job again in union elections to be held at its convention next March.
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