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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Bargaining in bad faith costs employer $6M

Winnipeg

— In an unprecedented decision, the owners of a Winnipeg-based tractor plant were ordered by the Manitoba Labour Board to pay $6 million to employees for bargaining in bad faith. Buhler Versatile Inc. must pay back 250 workers from the Canadian Auto Workers for lost wages and costs suffered by the union during a bitter, eight-month labour dispute. The board found that Buhler offered progressively reduced wage rates without rationale during negotiations after a walkout last November. When employees voted to end their strike, the employer locked them out. The union had asked for $18 million in damages for the period when workers were striking.

New centre to help laid off workers adjust

Brampton, Ont.