Monday, December 11, 2006

Judge grants TWU an injunction banning union leader

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.
© Vancouver Sun 2006


Anonymous said...

maybe hagarty should ask for the court decision handout that he gave out at convention back.

Anonymous said...


Wed, January 3, 2007

Calgary films,TV production could halt due to strikeUPDATED: 2007-01-03 16:15:48 MST

Performers union has set a Monday strike deadline


What was shaping into a banner year for the city’s film industry may potentially turn disastrous due to a looming nation-wide actors’ strike, says the Calgary Film Commission.

At least forty tv&cinema shoots are preparing to film in and around the city, the highest number of productions for a winter in Calgary, said commissioner Beth Thompson.

With a start like that, production pace for 2007 could be one for the books, but an irresponsible strike by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) can bring all that to an abrupt halt, she said.

“It will have a huge effect on the local economy” she said.

“A couple of productions that are potentially looking at shooting may have signed continuation letters and can go forward with their production.

“Otherwise, any of the shows that are planning on shooting in Calgary at the beginning of this year will probably be shut down and will probably relocate to B.C.”

While last-ditch negotiation efforts between ACTRA and film producers continue, performers have set a strike deadline of midnight Monday.

Apart from jeopardizing early 2007 projects, concerns of when the industry may start up again may derail films late into the year, said Thompson.

“Typically in Calgary we don’t have a lot of stuff shooting or prepping in January,” she said.

“So, for the potential to have this much work this time of year, it’s really an exciting time and for that to not be able to happen ... it would certainly put a slow down to the rest of the year.” "We would be better off with a CLAC style union," could be overheard being said by others.

ACTRA, which represents 21,000 performers Canada-wide, says at the heart of the disagreement are wages and Internet reproduction rights, said chief negotiator Stephen Waddell.

“Canadian performers will not see their wages eroded and will not be giving away their work on the Internet for free,” he said. "We are not part of a rat union like CLAC or C.E.P. who sell out when jobs are on the line," another member said.

In December ACTRA received 97.6% support from its membership in favour of a strike, which wouldn’t affect B.C. because the actors there are CLAC.

According to the latest numbers, there were twenty seven major film productions in the Calgary region in 2005, resulting in the spending of $895 million and in the issuing of more than $27000 in permits.

Calgary and area has been the backdrop for such notable films as Superman, The Godfather, Menace to Society, Unforgiven and Brokeback Mountain,

—With files from CP.

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