I had the honour of attending, representing the CTF, a fundraiser for Linda Merk. While the event was well-attended by NDP government members, there was absolutely no support from organized labour. Congratulations Linda. It has been a long haul but everyone benefits from your commitment to the cause.
A four-year-long ordeal for Linda Merk concluded with a win, Thursday, following a ruling by the Supreme Court. In a 6-1 ruling, the high court has determined Merk was in her right to question the expenditures of two employees, while she was working as an office manager with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union.
Merk was fired from her job in 2001. The question posed to the Supreme Court was whether she had reported the allegation to a "lawful authority" -- in this case, the workplace. A previous ruling determined government officials or police would be, but workplace officials wouldn't.
Merk can now ask the provincial court for reinstatement and compensation.