Manitoba municipal workers protest employer claw-back of holiday benefits

LOA only intended for beneficial provisions: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2019

When a new town in Manitoba was created, two separate collective agreements had to be merged into one.

On Jan. 1, 2015, the communities of Strathclair and Shoal Lake were amalgamated to create the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead. The municipal employees of both former communities were unionized workers, represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 987.

A new collective agreement was signed on Sept. 20, 2017, but it went into effect as of Jan. 1, 2016. Because the former contracts differed in terms of various sick leave and vacation benefits, a letter of agreement (LOA) was attached that was titled: “Regarding retro pay.”