Full-timers replaced by part-timers at long-term care home

Union representing both full and part-time employees files grievance
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2013

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 543 filed a grievance against the Huron Lodge in Windsor, Ont., when full-time workers were laid off and replaced with part-time workers. The union represents both full and part-time employees.

In the spring of 2012 the employer laid off a number of full-time staff while, at the same time, increasing the number of part-time staff. The union argued the Lodge — operated by the City of Windsor — violated the collective agreement by replacing full-time employees with part-time workers.

For many years the Lodge operated in a facility that housed 256 residents. In 2007, the Lodge moved to a new building with accommodation for only 224 residents. There was no reduction in staff at the time of the move but, in 2011 and early 2012, administrator Lucie Lombardo was asked to review the Lodge’s operations as part of preparation for a budget proposal that would reduce the employer’s share of the cost of running the Lodge.