Seniority reigns supreme at B.C. retail store

Employer ordered to award posiion based on seniority
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2015

An outdoor retail store in British Columbia violated its obligation to one of its employees when it promoted another, less senior worker over the grievor, an arbitrator has decided.

Tony Xu, represented by the Retail Wholesale Union, local 580, filed a grievance against Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) when he was passed over for a lead hand promotion — a job that Xu, as a senior employee, was entitled to be duly considered for.

According to the collective agreement, length of service and bargaining unit membership will be contributing factors when MEC hires or promotes a new employee.