Friday, 7 March 2008

Handling of Sask Labour Relations Board firings a classless act

The Sask. Party government's handling of the firings of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Sask. Labour Relations Board in the way that they did - "right in the middle of Board hearings" is about as classless and unprofessional as you can get.

Talk about a bunch of rank amateurs.

Here's a link to an article by Leader-Post reporter, James Wood: Sask. Party gov't fires chair, vice-chairs from Labour Relations Board

In addition, click here to view a letter which contains a transcription from a Labour Relations Board hearing yesterday (March 6, 2008) in Regina when the Vice-Chair of the LRB read her termination letter into the record.

It was determined by all present at the hearing that it could not continue because the Vice-Chair was terminated.

From the transcript:
"The submissions you provided subsequent to your March 4, 2008, telephone conversation with Doug Emsley have been received and considered. I am instructed to advise you that Cabinet has passed an order in council designating March 6, 2008, as the day on which your term of office is deemed to end and cancelling your appointment."
While I have many questions I am particularly interested in finding out who is Doug Emsley and what is his role in this matter.


Saskboy said...

And I'm sure it's OK if they didn't give a legal amount of notice for the firing. After all, if the fired want to take it to the Labour Board... well it's a good thing they are sort-of different departments.

Anonymous said...

Actually, as these were Order-in-Council appointments, serving at the pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, severance technically would not be owed. The government probably will offer a small payment as a token of appreciation, but they are not obligated to do so.

Doug Emsley = head of the SaskParty transition team. I think its fairly safe to assume that he's been tasked with the duty of removing legacy NDP appointees from office.