Training restriction violates contract

The employer’s offer of training was limited to employees on the day shift, the time when the third-party training was offered. That discriminated against employees on other shifts, even though the training was for a job that existed only on the day shift.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

When an employer specified that a posted training opportunity was only available to workers on the day shift, the union grieved.

In 2010, a municipal employer posted a training opportunity for Public Works Operators (PWOs) to train as backhoe operators.

The only qualifications listed on the posting specified that applicants either be on the day shift or willing to transfer to the day shift for training. The posting said that prospective applicants would also be required to work the day shift after the completion of training.