Board to de­cide nurses dis­pute

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER -

A bat­tle over the lead­er­ship of the BC Nurses Union is head­ing to the prov­ince’s labour re­la­tions board.

Will Of­fley was hop­ing to un­seat in­cum­bent Gayle Duteil, but says his can­di­dacy was ter­mi­nated, along with those of two other peo­ple run­ning on the same BC Nurses Vote For Change plat­form.

Of­fley says the labour re­la­tions board is to hear their com­plaint on Tues­day.

He’s hop­ing the board will rule he and fel­low can­di­dates Sharon Sharp and Mary Jean Lyth, should be re­turned to the bal­lot and that the union must hold elec­tions as planned.

Duteil, along with the union’s vice-pres­i­dent and trea­surer, were ac­claimed af­ter the Vote For Change slate was dropped, be­cause of what the act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor said was cam­paign misconduct.

Umar Sheikh said the three vi­o­lated agree­ments not to pub­lish false state­ments in their cam­paign lit­er­a­ture.

The al­leged misconduct in­cluded Vote For Change crit­i­ciz­ing poli­cies that pro­vide ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers with high salaries, travel and car al­lowances and other perks, Of­fley says in a news re­lease.

The union’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer elec­tions were slated from May 23 to June 2 un­til the Vote For Change can­di­dates were banned.

The re­lease says elec­tions for re­gional of­fi­cers are un­der­way with sev­eral BC Nurses Vote For Change can­di­dates still run­ning.

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