N.B. job posting lost in translation

Union grieves language requirement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/08/2015

The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) local 999 filed a grievance against the City of Moncton after a job posting for an assistant fire prevention officer was designated as a bilingual position.

According to the union, the New Brunswick-based employer failed to adhere to the terms of the parties’ collective agreement when it directed the candidate for position "must be fluently bilingual in both official languages and may be required to undertake a language skills test."

The union argued the employer was attempting to unilaterally impose an additional pre-requisite for the position outside of the collective agreement, something it could not do without negotiation.