Controversy is dogging the suspensions of two negotiators from Manitoba's largest union, CBC News has learned.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU) suspended Bob Dewar, its director of operations, and another director, Bruce Buckley, in September.
Dewar is now retiring, leaving the union without one of its senior officials.
Union insiders told CBC News that president Michelle Gawronsky unilaterally suspended the two men without pay.
"That's not the way it's done," said Pat McDonnell, the union's former vice-president.
McDonnell said the suspensions should have gone before the board of directors.
"It worries not only me, but many of those of us who have gone before," he said.
"We spent decades in the trenches, fighting for the principle of due process for members, due process for employees, and a sense of fair play."
But Gawronsky said the suspensions were done in a fair manner.
"Allegations that I did it heavy-handed and only through me, you know — the process did follow through with the board," she said.
The suspensions may be one of the topics discussed at the MGEU's board meeting on Thursday.