Vacation policy muddles holiday planning

Inconvenience of vacation planning does not warrant relief: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/04/2016

The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers’ union sought an interim order pending a grievance determination at one of its pulp manufacturers in British Columbia, Zellstoff Celgar.

The mill, in Castlegar, was purchased by the employer in 2005. In 2012, it decided to take steps to make the mill more profitable and ensure its continued operation. So between July and September of 2013, the company undertook a restructuring process that
resulted in significant reduction in the number of staff and employees.

In January 2014, the union accordingly filed a grievance, alleging the employer had failed to ensure adequate relief was available so that workers would not have been required to work more than 40 hours per week.