Binding settlement brings labour dispute to an end.
The longstanding labour dispute between the Nanaimo Golf Club and food and beverage workers ended with an arbitrator ruling in favor of the workers on April 26th.
Contract negotiations broke down April 24, 2015 when Club management locked out two dozen Clubhouse workers, all members of UNITE HERE Local 40. After 11 months, the Club acceded to Union demands to allow workers to return to work this March and agreed to go to binding arbitration.
The Arbitrator’s binding decision awarded a 2% wage hike in 2016 and 2017 and a lump sum payment to the workers. The arbitrator’s decision vindicates the union’s position and blocked the Club’s attempt to gain concessions.
Club management locked out workers to force them to accept a number of concessions, such as lowering wages for new hires, having bargaining unit work performed by non-union employees, and restricting union members right to file charges against workers crossing a picket line.
“The arbitrator’s ruling proves what we were asking for was fair and reasonable. I hope others now see that too,” said Kayla Werezak, a returning server.
Bryce Eldred, another returning worker, is glad to be back on the job. “This is a big win. Good union jobs are hard to find in Nanaimo, and I’m glad to have one here,” said Eldred.
Now that workers have returned to work and have a new contract, UNITE HERE Local 40 encourages golfers and the general public to once again patronize the Nanaimo Golf Club greens, dining room and catering facilities.