Monday, June 08, 2009

Judge orders union to return $800,000

read full article: The Province
A judge has ordered that a union representing electrical workers pay back more than $800,000 in dues unlawfully collected from more than 400 members.

In a class-action suit, former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 213 union member Richard Frick objected to dues collected from members working on the Vancouver Island highway deal under the then NDP government's union-only hiring policy.

The money collected on those projects was put in a fund to subsidize bids for contractors on other jobs.

B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Kirsti Gill found that the IBEW could collect dues for that purpose under their standard agreement, but not under the union-only deal.

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