IBM is trying to block a large group of Ottawa workers from unionizing within the company

    An IBM sign in Toronto. Iain Sherriff-Scott

    IBM is trying to block a large group of Ottawa workers providing information technology services to the federal government from unionizing within the company, The Logic has learned. 

    The workers, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), held a unionization vote on June 11, arguing that they work for IBM. The tech firm holds that their employer is actually Ottawa-based NewFound Recruiting, a company it brought in to hire workers to fulfill a contract it won from Shared Services Canada. IBM has spent the past six months challenging the vote and is now asking the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to block the certification.

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