Contracting out? It pays to read the fine print

Collective agreement language at Ontario hospitals complicates out-sourcing deal
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2013

When it comes to contracting out the work of unionized employees, most employers can turn to the collective agreement for a roadmap on how to proceed.

Some agreements reject outright the option of contracting out. Others set out conditions employers and contractors would have to meet before any work can be contracted out.

But in a recent and unusual case involving two hospitals in Mississauga, Ont., the roadmaps used — the collective agreements — led both the employers and the contractor into a very tight spot.