Unscheduled Wait Time Not Payable as Overtime

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

Prior to setting out on their delivery routes, eight letter carriers were told by their supervisor to delay their departure to await the arrival of a truck with priority mail.

The wait was 15 minutes. When the employer refused the workers’ overtime claims for the 15 minutes, the union grieved.

The union’s argument was that each component of a letter carrier’s work is accounted for and structured according to a time value. Duties or tasks not included in a route’s time values are additional duties and should be compensated at overtime rates.