“Telecommunications (as an industry) has been fairly stable during COVID,” he added. “We would rather have an agreement and have more technicians working for us.” “We indicated that we were moving to collective bargaining, and we indicated the scope of who was in the collective bargaining unit for IBEW 213 and who was not. We had a disagreement (with Ledcor) about who was or was not in the bargaining unit,” said Robin Nedila, FIOE 213 Deputy Director General. In November 2018, the request for review was heard, and in January 2019, the Board of Directors granted IBEW 213 to two groups of employees that LTS had refused as part of the union certification process. Meanwhile, the tariff unit had been reduced to 161 members. The December 2019 letter called on the Canada Labour Board to regulate the terms of the first collective agreements under subsections 80(1) to (4) of the Canada Labour Code, which allow the Board “to investigate the dispute and, if the Board deems it appropriate, to settle the terms of the first collective agreement between the parties.” Approximately 238 Ledcor technicians (LTS Solutions Ltd.) were automatically certified as members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213 by the Canadian Labour Board in August 2017 and 71 Telecon Inc. technicians were certified in February 2018. “We have made progress in some parts of the agreement, but we have not made any progress on anything monetary or important that our members were looking for. Fast forward to 2019 and more than two years later, there is no collective agreement, no urgency to reach an agreement, and the bargaining unit has also been reduced,” Nedila said. In a letter dated 13 December 2019 to federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, IBEW 213 said: “Unfortunately, their working conditions have further deteriorated since the certification of LTS and Telecon employees. It is clear that both companies are only interested in measures that ensure that a collective agreement will never be concluded. “Ledcor remains committed to reaching an agreement that recognizes the realities of our business environment and allows us to remain flexible and competitive in our market,” he added in a follow-up email to the Journal of Commerce. Hoff cited the ongoing strike and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for the drop in work.
According to the IBEW, LTS challenged the size of the collective bargaining unit, saying it consisted of only two groups of workers. The IBEW then submitted a request for verification of certification as well as a complaint of unfair labour practices to the employment office. The announcement of the strike was published on 25 September 2019 and on 30 September 2019 the workers resigned from work. Asked in a follow-up interview about the deteriorating conditions mentioned in the letter to the minister, Nedila said a sense of fear of industrial action had developed among workers. The Canada Labour Council hearings are scheduled for October this year, said Dustin Brecht, trade representative for IbEW Local 213. It`s been a dead end for months and the only thing that has changed over time is that we`ve lost business opportunities: “In general, in the beginning, there was a real fear of being a union supporter motivated by a certain history. In 2017, a few new people in the bargaining unit went on hiatus and went to the union room, and Ledcor asked why they went into the room,” Nedila said. Workers` unrest between unionized workers in Coquitlam, B.C.
vs. Ledcor is still grinding after two years, but federal intervention could bring a solution to the dispute in the fall. Ledcor spokesman David Hoff said the company`s relationship with FIOE 213 began when union-certified technicians working for the company indicated they wanted to begin the negotiation process. VANCOUVER – An additional annual tax on homes worth more than $1 million could help reduce the number of homes. “Ledcor is not a state-regulated organization, it operates under provincial rules, so the certification was done under provincial rules. The IBEW believes it should be federal and it is up to the federal government to determine that,” said Mr. Hoff. We are at the mercy of the board at this point and we hope that everything will be fine,” Brecht said. “Negotiations were interrupted by legal proceedings aimed at changing the scope of what fell under certification, which did not come to fruition,” Hoff said. “It took several months of certification.
When we learned that the IBEW was about to go on strike, our company eroded. In June, BC Building Trades expressed its support for the 213 IBEW members on strike and on March 3. In July, Mike Schilling, CEO of Community Savings Credit Union, expressed support for striking workers both on social media and in person at the picket line. .