Working life can be complex and so can the collective agreement that regulates it. Sorting out what the contract means in any given situation is the job of stewards, officers and staff representatives. A grievance is typically filed in order to raise a question of interpretation, and if a satisfactory outcome is not found in the grievance procedure, the case will often be referred to adjudication. At adjudication, a neutral third party will hear the case and impose a decision that is binding on the union and the employer.
The pages in this section of the website discuss issues of contract interpretation. Adjudication decisions on matters of interest to the broad membership are considered in a series of case reviews. In addition, information of a more general nature on the subject of interpretation is offered to assist members, stewards and local officers in learning more about their collective agreement.
May 21, 2011
In a decision that found Service Canada guilty of failing to accommodate an employee’s physical disability, a Public Service Labour Relations Board adjudicator has awarded $8,000 for pain and suffering and a further $10,000 for “clearly reckless conduct” by the employer.
March 17, 2011
The employer has been handed another defeat to its effort to restrict overtime opportunities based on productivity. In 2007, CEIU members successfully grieved a management decision to deny their entire office the right to overtime work because of alleged unacceptable productivity. However, the employer shifted its ground to say that overtime could be denied to ... February 16, 2010
PSAC has maintained their position that this policy does not go against the collective agreement. According to them, this policy has been in existence in the majority of the Federal departments and was applied in the same manner for a number of years.
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April 30, 2009 / Your right to wear union buttons in the workplace October 27, 2008 / Adjudicator supports grievors on variable hours of work case March 20, 2008 / Overtime Work and Productivity February 22, 2008 / Email and picture led to discipline November 9, 2007 / Travel Directive: reimbursement of dependent care costs and the meaning of “sole caregiver” September 6, 2007 / Case review: overtime distribution and productivity June 1, 2007 / When the rules don’t apply November 20, 2006 / Public challenge of HRSDC/Service Canada upheld by Labour Board November 2, 2006 / Notice for members working variable hours or shifts – pay for work on holidays February 14, 2006 / When can the employer ask for an independent medical examination? April 4, 2005 / Case Review: your reliability status and your job January 15, 2004 / Case review: medical certificates November 1, 2003 / Case review: overtime distribution October 31, 2003 / Tips for interpreting the collective agreement