Saskatchewan worker demands airplane flight-delay payment

‘Language does not differentiate’ between flights: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2019

After he experienced flight delays heading into work at a McClean Lake, Sask., mill, a worker was refused a $300 benefit for arriving late to work.

Workers at the remote site were flown into Points North Landing Airport, in northern Saskatchewan, then driven about 41 kilometres to the site. Typically, employees worked seven-day, 11-hour shifts.

On Sept. 2, 2016, Barry McEwen, pipefitter for Orano Canada at the uranium mill operation, was scheduled to be flown into the site from his home base of Saskatoon. He arrived at 6:30 a.m., for the expected 7:15 a.m. flight. However, poor weather conditions prevented outbound and inbound flights at the airport.