Yellowknife firefighter fights for more overtime pay

But arbitrator sides with government
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/26/2016

A grievance around overtime pay by the Northwest Territories government was dismissed recently after the arbitrator determined workers in any industry occasionally have to give up personal time as part of their “normal duties.” 

The Union of Northern Workers filed a policy grievance in September claiming article 23 of the collective agreement required an employee working authorized overtime to be paid a minimum of one hour’s pay. Following one hour of overtime service, that overtime was to be paid for each 15-minute segment of work performed by the employee, it said.

But the employer said the proper interpretation and longstanding practice was to pay for one hour at the overtime rate after the first 15 minutes of overtime work was completed. And after the first hour of overtime, an employee was paid for each 15-minute block.