Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Labour Board Closes Book on Saskatoon Library's Bid for Union Exclusion

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Labour Board Closes Book on Saskatoon Library's Bid for Union Exclusion

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Board closes book on library's exclusion bid

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SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board has dismissed an application from the Saskatoon Public Library to remove 28 supervisors from their union in what is considered a test case for the province.

The supervisors are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2669.

The labour board says a provision of the Saskatchewan Employment Act to not include supervisory personnel only applies when a union seeks to represent newly organized workers.

The board also found it had no jurisdiction to hear the library's application.

CUPE national service representative Rhonda Heisler says the union feels vindicated by the result.

The Regina Public Library, City of Moose Jaw and the Cypress Hills Abilities Centre had also applied to have supervisory personnel removed from bargaining units, but the board says the Saskatoon ruling applies to all locations. …

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