July 15, 1983
Far-reaching effects will result from Tuesday's
decision of the Ontario Labor Relations Board in the case of Sarnia
Local 1089 International Laborers' Union, says Joe Portiss' lawyer
Brian Iler of Toronto.
Mr. Iler who was paid by Legal Aid to take
on the Portiss case, said it shows a crack-down by the provincial
body against discriminatory hiring practices.
"This is a signal to all of Ontario
that sloppy hiring practices will not be tolerated," a jubilant
Mr. Iler said this morning from Toronto. He said the Portiss
decision is a precedent-setting one in light of the wide-reaching
remedial orders the board has called for.
"Normally, the (labor relations) board
looks at one specific complaint and makes recommendations. But
here, they've gone far beyond that," said Mr. Iler.
He said it is unusual that the board would
consider calling for Mr. D'Andrea's dismissal and said the hiring
of an outside auditor is another indication of the seriousness
of the case.
Mr. Iler said there is a clause within the
union's constitution dealing with the internal removal of an officer
of the union and said it is possible the membership may attempt
to "go that route". Mr. Iler added he is considering
calling for Mr. D'Andrea's dismissal at the upcoming labor board
hearing into complaints of Donato Marinaro.
Mr. Portiss said this morning he is "very
happy" with the board's decision. He said the board order
dealing with disabled workers will be a great help to fellow laborers
like himself who can work but can't handle heavy jobs.