Refusal to Allow Bump Did Not Violate Collective Agreement

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

In the wake of a slowdown, a plant worker’s attempt to bump into another job where she had some experience was rejected by the employer who claimed that she was not qualified according to the terms of the contract.

The union grieved.

Employed since 1984 in a plant that produces take-out cups, D.L.’s first entry-level job was in “utility.” In 1991 she bid for the job of “pressman B” — also called printing assistant — and was the successful applicant. However, she declined the job because it was on the night shift.