OPSEU employees filed more than 300 grievances

Workload increased following strike, union says
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/30/2015

More than 300 grievances were filed against the College Employer Council in Ontario after employees returned to work following a three week strike.

Employees filed the grievances as a result of issues arising from their return to work following a 2006 strike. The union representing the employees — the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union — called for compensation for an increased workload following the return from the strike.

The strike ended when the parties reached a new collective agreement. In addition to the agreement, the parties negotiated a "return-to-work protocol" that set out the terms for the employees’ return to work on March 27, 2006. The protocol provided that the work stoppage would not be treated as having been worked and, therefore, employees’ salaries would be reduced accordingly.