Employer in hot water over posting for cook position

Collective agreement allows employer to set number of full-time, part-time positions
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/11/2015

Heart of the Valley Long Term Care Centre in Nova Scotia found itself in hot water after it replaced a full-time cook position with a number of part-time positions.

The long-term care facility posted three permanent part-time positions after a full-time dietary aide/cook position was vacated. The Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3410 grieved the move, alleging the split breached the parties’ collective agreement.

The employer, however, argued the decision was permissible under the agreement’s management rights clause. The employer also made a preliminary objection, arguing the grievance was filed beyond the time constraints.