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The P.E.I. Labour Relations Board has ruled MacLean Construction was guilty of an unfair labour practice because of actions it took while some of its employees were trying to unionize.
In a decision dated Jan. 31, the board found that MacLean Construction was in violation of the Labour Act by enhancing benefits and adjusting salaries for employees within the company’s bargaining unit.
Those changes were made while the union certification process was underway, which the board ruled was a violation of the Labour Act.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America filed an application for certification on March 2013 to act as the bargaining agent for some of MacLean Construction’s employees.
Its request was granted but MacLean Construction appealed that decision, which was later upheld.
The union filed the unfair labour practice complaint on April 16, 2013 alleging MacLean Construction called a meeting of its employees to advise them the company was implementing a pension plan.
MacLean Construction also increased wages for some employees.
The company denied any wrongdoing and said discussions about a proposed pension plan had been ongoing since before the employees started talking about unionizing.
It also said the wage increases were part of the ordinary course of business.
Because the board confirmed the certification order it ruled it wasn’t necessary to comment on any relief for the union or penalty against MacLean Construction.