Library axes full-time jobs to cut costs, improve flexibility

Employer swaps permanent positions for part-timers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/25/2013

After getting flak from the union for exchanging two full-time positions for four part-time positions, a public library has been cleared of wrongdoing.

To keep its head above water during financial setbacks, the Hamilton Public Library decided to re-jig its staff and eliminated two full-time positions to be replaced by four part-time positions.

But the move was a violation of the collective agreement and indicative of bad-faith bargaining, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 932, which subsequently filed a grievance. Of particular concern is that the library did not post the full-time positions on the internal job board, despite its obligation to do so.