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Iron Workers Union Local 771

In 2001 Linda Merk was fired from her job at the Iron Workers Union Local 771 in Regina, Saskatchewan after raising concerns that two of her supervisors were stealing money. Under the province's new whistleblower legislation, Merk's case went to Supreme Court, which ruled in her favor in November, 2005. A provincial court judge ordered the union to pay a $2,000 fine and give Merk $100,000 in lost wages, $60,000 in pension contributions and more in interest and costs, for a total of about $205,000. One month later, the union appealed, stating the compensation was too high but Merk cross-appealed that it was too low. Both appeals were dismissed and the provincial court decision was upheld. (Jul-20-06) [STAR PHOENIX]


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Published on Jul-25-06


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