Region expands flex-time option

Proposals no longer have to improve service
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/21/2011

Compressed work weeks (CWW) were a significant issue in recent bargaining between the Region of Waterloo and CUPE Local 1883.

The Region will have the right to declare that a vacant position will have a CWW and the employee hired to fill that position will not have the option of returning to a regular schedule, as those who apply for a CWW do. The same rule applies if the employer asks an incumbent to work under a CWW and the employee complies.

CWWs must be approved by a joint committee that uses three objectives: 1) does it enhance and extend services, 2) does it improve productivity while achieving program demands, and 3) does it improve employee quality of life and/or job satisfaction.