Management Rights Permit Temporary Reassignment

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

Taking the position that the employer’s practice of reassigning bargaining unit employees to different departments during the workday violated collective agreement provisions on seniority, the union grieved.

Citing operational needs associated with running its food distribution centre, the employer had developed the practice of moving workers between the various departments.

About 140 workers were employed at the facility, which maintained separate departmental seniority lists as required by the collective agreement.