WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Severance pay grievance moved to arbitration, date set

An arbitration date has been set for Sept. 29 and 30 for the grievance of a member who is contesting the amount of severance pay they are entitled to under the collective agreement with their employer.

The employee’s position was eliminated at the end of May and a dispute arose as to the proper calculation of severance pay. The employee and GSU are arguing it should be substantially more than the amount offered by the employer. A grievance was filed and made its way through the grievance procedure without being resolved. Ultimately, GSU referred the grievance to arbitration where the dispute will be heard and the outcome decided by an arbitrator agreed to by the employer and GSU.

“Access to arbitration of employment disputes is unique to employees represented by a union,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “This is a service provided to members as part of the representation they receive by being unionized. GSU consistently makes very effective use of the grievance/arbitration process on behalf of employees represented by the union.”

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