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Emterra interfered with unionization efforts, alleges CUPE

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Winnipeg's waste collector is facing allegations it has interfered with efforts by employees to form a union.

Bill Sumerlus, regional director for Manitoba's Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), said 66 of Emterra's inside recycling employees applied to certify a union on April 8.

CUPE was subsequently forced to file a complaint of unfair workplace practice against Emterra to the Manitoba Labour Board on April 11, Sumerlus said.

"They've interfered with people's efforts to form a union and that's basically going to be for the labour board to determine," Sumerlus said Monday.

The 66 employees work out of Emterra's Henry Avenue material recovery facility. The company has a contract with the city to collect, sort and sell all of Winnipeg's recyclables.

An Emterra spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment Monday afternoon.

 

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