Health care workers win more stand-by pay

Stand-by intended for use only from home base, arbitrator ruled
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/27/2014

Emergency Health care workers in Saskatchewan won their case after raising concerns over assignments which kept them on stand-by far from their home base.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan filed a grievance on behalf of employees at Sunrise Health Region, challenging the employer’s practice of assigning stand-by shifts at locations other than that of the employee’s designated base.

Sunrise Health (which provides emergency medical and ambulance services for various towns in Saskatchewan) had a longstanding practice of assigning overtime shifts for employees, however, of concern was that stand-by pay was significantly lower than the regular rate of pay.