Arbitrator upholds flu shot requirement

Description: An arbitrator has ruled that members of the B.C. Health Sciences Association must get a flu shot or wear masks during flu season.

Source: CBC

Date: 10/24/2013

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-health-care-workers-must-wear-mask-or-have-flu-shot-1.2223888

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Questions for discussion:

  • Briefly summarize the events that led to this decision.
  • Why did the arbitrator conclude that the requirement to have a flu shot or wear a mask was a reasonable policy?
  • What effect will this have on health-care workers?
  • Do you agree with this decision? Discuss.
  • If you were a health-care worker, would you get the flu shot or wear a mask? Why?

 

Union steps up pay equity legal battle against Canada Post

Description: The Public Service Alliance of Canada is seeking a “charging order” against Canada Post as part of its attempt to collect on a pay equity settlement.

Source: The Toronto Star

Date: 02/23/2013

Link: http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/02/23/union_seeks_charging_order_against_canada_post_property_over_pay_equity_award.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • What is a charging order?
  • Why is the union seeking one?
  • Briefly summarize the history of this dispute.
  • What does Canada Post say about the alleged delay?
  • Do you think Canada Post has acted fairly in this dispute? Explain.

Hospital can’t ban tattoos, arbitrator rules

Description: An arbitrator has struck down an Ottawa hospital policy that forced employees to cover up tattoos and piercings.

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

Date: 01/18/2013

Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/fashion-beauty/Tattoos+piercings+Ottawa+Hospital+staff+arbitrator+rules/7839060/story.html

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Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the hospital’s dress code.
  • What was the hospital’s argument in favour of covering up tattoos and piercings?
  • What did the union argue?
  • What does the collective agreement say about this issue?
  • Do you agree with this decision? Why or why not?

 

Grievance could take years to settle

Description: It could take years to settle a grievance filed by the Mine, Mill and Smelter workers union over bonuses the union says are owed to its members by Xstrata Nickel in Sudbury, Ont.

Source: The Sudbury Star

Date: 04/15/2011

Link: http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3076880

Questions for discussion:

  • What type of grievance is this?
  • What steps would this grievance have gone through to get to this point?
  • Why do you think it takes so long to settle such grievances?
  • How does this compare to cases in the court system?
  • What alternatives are there to this process?