A Manitoba Labour Board hearing into an unfair labour practice suit filed by Brandon Professional Firefighter/Paramedics Association president Wade Ritchie against the City of Brandon will be headed for an extension.
The hearing, scheduled to end today, has not even completed the union’s testimony as of the end of Wednesday’s proceedings and is not expected to start hearing city management witnesses until the next round of hearings.
Dates for the next series of hearings have not yet been released.
This hearing is dealing with disciplinary actions taken against Ritchie last October when the firefighters union and the city had started to exchange proposals on a new collective agreement.
To date, the testimony has covered the union’s side of the dispute, where strained labour relations between the union and management are alleged.
Hearings dealing with Ritchie’s dismissal from his job as a firefighter/paramedic are planned for August.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 19, 2012