Indirect Supervision Still Counts as Supervision

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/08/2011

Accustomed to receiving “responsibility pay” under the terms of the collective agreement, 11 hydro plant workers in the newly created position of System Operator filed a group grievance arguing that the employer was violating the contract after it notified them that they would no longer be paid responsibility pay for hours worked when a supervisor was present.

Distinguishable from the collective agreement provisions on “acting pay” — payable in recognition of temporary reassignment to a higher rated position — under the collective agreement, responsibility pay was payable when two or more employees worked together on a job or project as a crew without supervision for periods of two hours or more. In these circumstances an employee would be designated to exercise responsibility and/or leadership over the other employee or employees.