Description: An arbitrator has ruled the Canadian Union of Postal Workers must pay $50,000 in damages for walkouts in 2008.
Source: Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog
Questions for discussion:
- Why was the union ordered to pay damages?
- Why was the union, as opposed to just the workers involved, held to be liable?
- How did the arbitrator settle on the figure of $50,000?
- Dr. Doorey asks: “Is that a fair outcome?” What do you think?
- Dr. Doorey also asks: “Here, the union officials were directly involved in organizing the strike. Do you think the outcome would/should be different if union members engage in an unlawful strike without any direct involvement of union officials?” What do you think?