Reassignments violate seniority rights

The employer transferred several workers from the jobs they had bid for into a different department for an extended period. Management claimed the collective agreement did not protect assignments. The arbitrator found that it did, given that the transfers were not of short duration.
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2011

Faced with increasingly frequent temporary reassignments away from their home section into the Parcels section, four postal workers grieved. The union said that the reassignments violated the workers’ seniority rights.

Having used their seniority to successfully bid for the midnight shift in the Pubs and Admail section, four postal workers at the PO4 level found themselves being regularly moved into the Parcels section.

The reassignments began in 2008 and became more frequent. During the week of May 12-16, 2008 most of the workers from Pubs and Admail were reassigned to work for the whole week in the Parcels section.