CUPE grieves ‘line picking’ exercise at Nepean, Ont., retirement home

Nothing compelled employer to work with union: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/27/2019

When a retirement residence decided to change schedules, it engaged in a “line-picking” exercise for employees, which was immediately grieved by the union.

Workers at Barrhaven Manor in Nepean, Ont., were advised on April 26, 2018, that schedules were going to be reduced and they would have to choose which line of work they would be slotted into, based on seniority.

On May 4, dietary aides, dishwashers and recreation staff all participated in the “line-picking” exercise at the behest of the employer, Revera.