Surrey, B.C., caretaker’s union duties prevented promotion

Worker not interested in 'curtailing' CUPE role: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/23/2017

When a caretaker working for the Surrey, B.C., school district applied for a position as a trades helper on the filter crew, his application was denied because too much of his time was spent attending to union business.

Eric Jaworski had worked for the employer since 1989 and was a head caretaker. He heard about the open position and believed he would be qualified to become part of a two-person crew responsible for changing filters at 133 different sites across the district. 

On Aug. 24, 2016, Neal Kinskofer, manager of mechanical maintenance, met briefly with Jaworski to talk about the position. After the meeting, he wrote: “Didn’t do formal interview as discussion led straight into absenteeism and not a fit for the district.”