WHITE ROCK – With less than a week to go before voting day, mayoral challenger David Bradshaw is decrying the release of his work history and termination case to the media, saying it has nothing to do with his run for office.
The documents relate to a wrongful dismissal grievance filed by Bradshaw with the BC Teachers’ Federation after he was terminated in 2012 over claims of harassment in the workplace.
Those claims, as recorded in the grievance case, allege Bradshaw told co-worker Cory Anderson he was having “violent thoughts.” When Anderson asked him to define “violent thoughts,” she said he responded by saying “as in postal,” and that he’d start on the second floor and work his way up to the fourth floor.
Bradshaw worked as a counsellor within the BCTF.
A statement sent to the CBC by the BCTF said, “David Bradshaw was employed by the BCTF from 2001 to 2012. In May 2012, he was fired as a consequence of making serious threats against co-workers. Bradshaw launched a grievance, which went to arbitration hearings over a two-year period. The decision was rendered in September 2014, and arbitrator John Kinzie upheld the termination.”
However, Bradshaw wondered why the CBC, who broke the story Tuesday, Nov. 4, were pursuing the matter and making it public.
“I’m not exactly sure what it has to do with my running for mayor. Why would I go around telling people I was victimized by an employer?” he said. “There aren’t allegations, there’s one allegation, it came from one person and it was a management representative and she totally invented a story. There’s absolutely zero validity to her allegation and it’s totally unfounded and unproven.”
Bradshaw said during the two-year grievance period he took a polygraph test and passed. His accuser did not.
“So what does that tell you?” he said.
Bradshaw said he lost his dispute with the BCTF due to his provided lawyer not following his guidance.
According to the decision, Bradshaw was re-instated as an employee in order to continue to collect his claims for sick leave and long-term benefits, but his termination will take effect when he no longer qualifies for benefits.