Seniority reigns supreme

Long-term staffer unfairly passed over for promotion: Union
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/24/2014

Della Pokolm was a long-term employee at the Heartland Regional Health Authority when she was defeated in her application for the position of head environmental and laundry services worker.

The Saskatchewan-based employer passed Pokolm over for a far junior applicant, despite the company’s longstanding emphasis on seniority.

The Service Employees International Union filed a grievance on Pokolm’s behalf, arguing she was unfairly passed over for the position.