Fired engineer raises additional back pay concerns

Union calls for examination of taxation, pension issues
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/04/2015

Fred Raininger, an engineering technician who was reinstated after being terminated from Durham, Ont.-based electrical power distribution company Veridian, had a followup grievance regarding back pay.

There were three main grievances filed against Veridian by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union pertaining to Raininger’s back pay. He had been reinstated with full compensation by arbitrator Lorne Slotnick (who also presided over the case at hand) in October 2014, a month after the decision came down.

First, the union argued Raininger was entitled to additional back pay for the paid vacation he would have received had he not been fired.