Unifor grieves Bell Canada not allowing steward’s presence

Policy modifications cannot change agreement: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/15/2018

When Bell Canada took over the operations of Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada in 2014, the company changed the process for processing its short-term disability (STD) claims.

The union, Unifor, grieved the changes on July 15, 2016, after hearing that some members were denied union representation during their claims process.

Carlos Vicente, regional chief steward for the union’s Saint John region, testified he had experience about four or five times in the past as a union representative when employees requested it for the company’s sickness and disability benefit program (SDB), which was being transferred to Manulife.