Last week general secretary Hugh Wagner conducted interviews with the grievor and a former GSU staff in preparation for this week’s Sept. 29 and 30 arbitration of a Local 7 member’s grievance challenging their employer’s calculation of severance pay in the aftermath of eliminating their job.
The member in question was notified in mid-May that their job was to be eliminated effective at the end of the month along with the closure of the employer’s Regina head office. When GSU followed up on the job elimination notice it soon became clear that the employer intended to pay substantially less severance pay to the affected member than called for by the union’s interpretation of the collective agreement.
Subsequent communication with the employer did not resolve the disagreement and grievance action was commenced on behalf of the affected employee. When grievance action did not resolve the disagreement over the amount of severance pay owing to the employee the grievance was referred to arbitration.
Hugh Wagner will serve as counsel for GSU at the arbitration hearing.
The results of the arbitration of this dispute will be reported once the arbitrator has issued a decision.
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