Temp agency workers not city employees

The arbitrator's ruling on a group of workers' true employer came down to whether employees identified with the city or the temp agency. The shortness of assignments weighed in temp agency's favour.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

A union filed a policy grievance arguing that temporary agency workers regularly employed by a municipal employer should be considered employees of the city.

A municipal employer regularly used the services of two temporary employment agencies: one was an internal agency for city employees. It was governed according to terms in the collective agreement between the parties; the other was an external agency that also provided the city with temporary workers.

A number of issues arose concerning the city’s differential treatment of these two groups of workers.