Submitted on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 5:18am
Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
October 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
IWW files Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) complaints against Ben Gunter Pharmacy Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart
The Ottawa-Outaouais IWW would like to thank its supporters and community allies for their contributions regarding its current labour dispute with Ben Gunter Pharmacy Inc. (Shoppers Drug Mart Store #1428).
On September 16th and 17th respectively, Ryan and the IWW received cease-and-desist letters from the law offices of Birenbaum, Steinberg, Landau, Savin & Colraine containing a false allegation of trespassing, and accusations of misrepresentation, misconduct, tortious and defamatory activity.
- There has been no trespassing of the Shoppers Drug Mart store on the part of the IWW. Union members have entered the store only in official capacities to communicate with store management.
- We have exercised our due diligence before representing the current unfair labour situation to the public by attempting to meet with Associate/Owner Ben Gunter, who chose to respond by refusing to engage in further communication. In this scenario, our conclusions have been reasonable, and made in good faith, in light of our investigation of Ryan’s termination.
- All our picket-line activity and conduct has been within legal boundaries. We will continue to advise picketers that they are not to enter the store premises, but that it is their lawful right to picket, inform the public about inappropriate business practices, and to demonstrate that people are prepared to show solidarity with workers who fight back.
On September 30th, the Ottawa-Outaouais IWW filed Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) and Unlawful Reprisal (OHSA Section 50) complaints against both Ben Gunter Pharmacy Inc. and Shoppers Drug Mart with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. A Labour Relations Officer has been assigned to the case and a hearing date has been set.