Nimbus School of Recording & Media – Labour Board Issues Consent Order

June 2, 2022

To: All MoveUP members at Nimbus School of Recording & Media

We are writing to you today to provide an update on the status of the Unfair Labour Practice complaint we filed against Nimbus on May 12, 2022. You can find a summary of the complaint from our bulletin sent at the time, found here.

The Labour Board requested a response or reply to the complaint and issued a deadline of May 13, 2022, which the Employer missed. The Employer later issued a letter of apology on May 19, 2022 found here, for their behaviour stating:

“ I do however acknowledge that by not communicating scheduling challenges of the Employer on a bargaining date and “ghosting” the Union and by not responding inside the timelines of the above noted case, that I have done a dis-service to the Employer, the Union, the Labour Relations Board and have not upheld my responsibilities to the broader labour relations community and Section 2 of the Labour Relations Code. For this, I sincerely apologize.“

We requested that the Labour Board keep carriage of our complaint and move it forward despite the Employer’s apology letter, which was submitted outside of the Board’s reply and response deadline. We issued our own letter communicating the impact of the Employer’s lackadaisical communications and failure to meet for scheduled bargaining dates, which you can read here. The Employer has provided their availability for ongoing negotiations on June 15, 17, 22, 24, 2022. To ensure the Employer actually shows up for these dates, the Board has issued a consent order found here and here.

The consent order requires for:

  1. The Employer must show up on June 15, 17, 22 and 24 for bargaining;
  2. The Employer must respond to all labour relations issues in a reasonably timely manner;
  3. The Employer must avail themselves for bargaining to negotiation a first Collective Agreement as soon as reasonably possible.

Should the Employer violate the terms of the consent order as outlined above, we will pursue  damages against the Employer, injunctions, and other resolves through the B.C. Supreme Court.

We understand that this has been a long, drawn out process and we will endeavour to get you a fair contract as soon as possible. We are hopeful that the recent Board intervention will shift attitudes at the table, and the Employer will be motivated to negotiate expeditiously, efficiently, and in good faith.

More updates to come. We appreciate your patience. Talk soon.

In solidarity,

Cody Taylor, Bargaining Committee
Brandon Brown, Bargaining Committee
Nathan Beausoleil, Union Representative

File Number: 22-Nimbus-BLTN- Labour Board Issues Consent Order
Union Label: NB:hb usw2009