Employer's shift change allowed under collective agreement: Board

Switch made for business reasons, not reprisal for worker’s union activities
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/20/2016

AN ONTARIO employer’s shift change — which resulted in the loss of two days of the Christmas break for a union representative — was allowed under the collective agreement and not a reprisal for the worker’s union activities, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Andy Krykunenko was a pre-make ready employee for Rocktenn Company of Canada, a paper and packaging company in Mississauga, Ont. Krykunenko was also a union representative for his union, Unifor Local 252, and served on its bargaining committee. He was also one of three union representatives on the
company’s joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

Rocktenn’s operated a shift rotation that involved four shifts, which were divided into two pairs — one pair had the A and B shifts and the other had the C and D shifts. Each shift rotated between day and night with the other in its pair.