Employer can create new bargaining unit job

MOA on team-based approach, lines of sequence does not limit management rights
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2011

An employer’s unilateral creation of a new position called “Utilityman” for its steel mill violated the collective agreement, the union said.

The union grieved, claiming that the collective agreement set out a team-based approach that gave the union a say in the creation of new bargaining unit positions.

In 1997 the company and the union signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that set out a team-based approach to operating the company’s steel mill.