Employer’s new policies cause problems

Arbitrator weighs in on smoking, sick leave
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/22/2015

Two new policies introduced by Veyance Technologies Canada were met with resistance by the United Steelworkers Local 7175 recently. The manufacturer employs about 146 USW members at its Coburg, Ont., facility.

The first grievance relates to the employer’s smoking policy. First announced in 2014, the policy was implemented in two phases.

In 2014, employees were allowed to smoke in a designated area on company property during their breaks.