Holiday hullabaloo

Number of paid holidays modified by collective agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

When the British Columbia government introduced Family Day as a statutory holiday, workers heaved a sigh of relief. For many, the much-needed day off serves as a break smack dab in the middle of a harsh winter.

But for employees at Walter Energy in Vancouver, the holiday was not observed. Whereas the union demanded compensation for working on a government-designated day off, the employer argued that because Family Day was not explicitly named in the collective agreement, it had to do no such thing.

Mark Brown, presiding over the case, agreed with the latter.