Reduction of Work Hours Does Not Violate Contract

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

Notified by the municipal employer that cost-cutting measures necessitated reducing the work hours of four custodial and maintenance workers employed at the county museum, the union grieved.

While the union acknowledged that the employer’s decision was business-related and free of any improper motivation, it argued that the unilateral action of the employer was in clear violation of collective agreement language entrenching the hours of work of the workers in question.

Hours of work or schedules defined as the normal or standard work-week are entrenched and cannot be permanently altered on a unilateral basis according to established jurisprudence, the union said.