Federal Court Upholds UNE Members’ Salary Protection Grievance Win

On May 24, 2017, a judicial review of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board’s (PSLREB)  decision  on salary protection was rejected before a Federal Court of Appeal.  The decision of the adjudicator stands and affected employees are officially entitled to full salary protection under the PSAC and Treasury board collective agreements.

A long-awaited decision was handed down by the PSLREB on July 4, 2016. It upheld the right to salary protection for members who transferred to the Department of Canadian Heritage from the National Capital Commission (NCC) in September 2013.

“We are very pleased that the Federal Court of Appeal has decided in favour of our members,” said UNE national president Doug Marshall. “Our members waited a long time for the PSLREB’s decision and now that the appeal is out of the way, employees have closure on this grievance.”

The policy grievance, filed by the PSAC on December 12, 2013, involved 44 members who were transferred by government order.  Although the collective agreement provided that their wage rates would be protected upon transfer, the employer instituted a pay system that froze wages for up to three years, capped at $12,000 over the reclassified salary. After the three years, all employees faced a drop in salary.

For more information, you can read our previous articles on the grievance.

 

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