July 9, 2014 12:08 pm

Unions fight to represent potash workers

Unions fight to represent potash workers at Saskatchewan mine.

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VANSCOY, Sask. – A fight to represent workers at the Agrium Vault potash mine near Vanscoy, Sask., has led to a subcontractor being taken to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 529 is accusing Alliance Energy Industrial of unfair labour practices.

The IBEW is seeking to unseat the Christian Labour Association of Canada as the representation for about 700 electrical workers employed by Alliance Energy at the mine.

Paul Janetzki with the IBEW says the CLAC is a “employer-dominated organization.”

He alleges that employees who have openly supported the IBEW’s certification drive have been threatened with dismissal.

Dennis Perrin with CLAC says the labour board case is just the IBEW’s way of trying to circumvent the 45 per cent support they would need to trigger a vote on whether the Alliance employees would switch unions.

Part of the IBEW’s case calls on the labour board to force a vote.

The case goes before the labour board on July 18.

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