Retiree hiring becoming a concern for unions

Companies challenging protection given to bargaining unit work by re-employing retirees
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/11/2012

Intergenerational conflict is brewing in Canadian workplaces as more pensioners are supplementing their incomes by returning to work for their former employers.

The use of retired employees as contract workers by U.S. Steel in Hamilton is another example of a corporation “dictating” the terms of the workplace while “blatantly disregarding” a negotiated collective agreement, according to Rolf Gerstenberger, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1005.

In April, the company let 46 workers go and, at the same time, hired 50 retired workers on contract, he says, noting 11 employees on layoff have since been called back.