ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Grievance secures severance pay for GSU member

A GSU member is relieved after grievance action secured their right to receive severance pay from Viterra after a layoff of more than 12 months.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt about the member’s right to severance pay of two weeks’ pay per year of service, “ said GSU staff representative Donna Driediger. “However, it took grievance action on behalf of this individual to close the loop.”

“It is not unusual for differences to arise in relation to interpreting and applying the terms of a collective agreement, and the grievance procedure is an effective means for resolving matters,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “Some cases take quite a lot of time to get squared away, but this case came to a successful close fairly quickly.”

“Know your collective agreement rights and engage GSU’s representation process to your best advantage,” Wagner said. “Quite often problems can be resolved without a formal grievance, but the process is always there if things can’t get settled informally.”

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