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BC Union Ordered to Pay $500,000 Bill for Defaming Corporation – The Tyee

Unite Here Local 40 accused work camp operator Civeo of ‘broken promises to First Nations.’

A union has been ordered to pay $500,000 to a company operating work camps in northern B.C. after an arbitrator ruled it defamed Civeo Corp. in an online post that linked the corporation to historic broken promises to Indigenous peoples.

“The union’s statements were very serious, particularly when placed in the broader context of relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada, and the history of colonization and broken promises to First Nations more generally,” arbitrator Nicholas Glass wrote in the recently published decision.

“Although counsel for the employer declined to go so far as to make this positive assertion, I found that the use of the phrase ‘broken promises’ was deliberately chosen and highlighted by the union to associate the employer’s conduct with the unsavoury history of broken promises suffered by First Nations over many decades.”

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