Broadcaster’s budget cuts lead to benefits dispute

Difference in collective agreement language was deliberate
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2015

A public broadcaster in Ontario was accused of violating the collective agreement by failing to provide soon-to-be laid-off employees with benefit coverage.

Though the grievance, filed against the Ontario Educational Authority by Unifor Local 72M, was initially a policy grievance, it only concerned one employee, referred to as "H."

Faced with budget cuts, the employer, a provincially funded and regulated broadcaster, was forced to reduce its staff and, as a result, offered those laid-off workers several options, including a severance pay package, opportunities to fill existing vacant positions, bumping a junior employee or remaining on the recall list.