Arbitrator rejects low-ball severance offer

Long-service employee signed release after turning down job 800 kilometres away
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/04/2013

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) filed a grievance after a worker in British Columbia was forced into retirement and induced to sign a release that sought to reduce her severance pay under the collective agreement.

The woman was employed as a parts journeyperson at Williams Machinery, an industrial machine dealer that specializes in the sales and service of forklifts and small loaders. The company operates a number of locations in B.C.