Grievance addressed after more than a decade

Changes in health plan resulted in benefit discrepancies
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2015

After more than a decade, a grievance filed by the Kingston Professional Fire Fighters’ Association was finally settled.

The union claimed the City of Kingston, Ont., failed to maintain extended health-care benefits as required under the parties’ collective agreement. The grievance was filed during the collective agreement in effect from Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2005, and finally addressed by arbitrator Christopher Albertyn in September 2015.

The employer’s extended health-care benefits — originally provided under the Blue Cross Extended Health Care Plan in the 1990s — became the Liberty Health Plan.