Job Abolition Violates Agreement on Staffing Levels

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2011

When an employer attempted to abolish a position following a retirement, the union grieved arguing that the move was in violation of an agreement on staffing levels.

Landing a job by mistake in 2004 in the Post Office’s commercial Receipt Verification Unit when she was promoted ahead of other workers with more seniority, a junior worker was permitted to keep her job under the terms of an agreement between the union and the employer.

According to the agreement, the worker was allowed to remain and work in the unit “over and above complement” until she was able either to acquire an original position in the unit or transfer out. The employer also agreed not to delete any positions in the unit as a result of her placement.