Alberta cement plant workers denied DB pension enrolment

Employees hired first as temporary, then permanent
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/15/2017

A disagreement about when seven workers were hired saw them turned down for participation in a company’s defined benefit (DB) pension plan.

The workers were originally hired on a temporary basis in 2014 at Lafarge Canada’s cement plant in Exshaw, Alta. 

Paul Svoboda, Paul Vargas, Luke Poirer, Norbert Wroblewski, Matthew Duggan, Andrew Palmer and John Lott were employed for a fixed term that was to expire in 2015. But they were all made permanent employees between February and May of that year. Svoboda’s employment was terminated at the time of the hearing.