10 air force base employees lament after jobs reclassified

Peeved employees not ‘reclassified downward’: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2019

After adjustments were made at a Goose Bay, N.L., Canadian Forces air base, 10 employees were shifted into different categories and saw their pay rates decline.

On Sept. 23, 2016, Serco Canada was awarded a new contract, but operations were scaled back due to a lower rate of activity around the base. Twenty-nine employees were permanently laid off, while others were reclassified.

Jonathan Cull, for example, was given a layoff notice on Oct. 4, 2016. He was employed as a design technician, but on Oct. 21, he was advised: “We are pleased to offer you employment in the position of computer-aided design technician, reporting to the design manager. Your starting wage will be $32.59 per hour. Your start date will be Nov. 7, 2016.”