UFCW loses application for intervenor status in BCGEU union drive at casino

A British Columbia court has denied a trade union’s application for intervention in a dispute between another union and a casino, ruling its interest in the outcome is sufficiently represented by the union already taking part in the proceedings.
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Gateway Casinos operates a casino in Burnaby, B.C., on a property which includes a parking lot which is used by employees and customers and is also available to the general public. The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is a trade union representing 60,000 public and private sector employees, including those at four other casinos in British Columbia. BCGEU is attempting to organize Gateway’s employees.

For several days beginning on Aug. 8, 2006, BCGEU representatives spoke with and handed out literature to employees throughout each day on two levels of the parking lot. Gateway saw this as unauthorized trespassing on casino property and filed an action against the BCGEU. In the original judgment, handed down on Aug. 21, 2006, Gateway’s action was dismissed on the basis that s. 66 of the

Labour Relations Code