No Overtime Due for Unauthorized, Excess Hours

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2011

When the additional mail route she had taken on continued to add hours to her workday beyond what was expected, a mail carrier grieved, seeking overtime.

Hired in 1995, V.H. took over a rural mail route in 1996. It was rated at 6.32 hours per day. Two years later the employer offered V.H. an additional route adjacent to her regular route. V.H. was told that the new deliveries would add about one hour to her day. Once adjusted, her new, combined route was rated at 7.23 hours per day, and her compensation was bumped up by 23 per cent.

However, in V.H.’s experience, the new route was more than she bargained for. It was taking 10, 11 and even 12 hours per day to complete. Her log sheets showed that V.H. was averaging 10.1 hours per day.