Eastern Provincial Airways Ltd v International Assn of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Storekeeper, Classification Seniority, Collective Agreement, Discipline Record
The grievance concerns the denial of a position as storekeeper. The position was given to an employee with less service seniority but more classification seniority, such a distinction being found in the Collective Agreement. The Grievor is deemed by the Employer to be a less than average worker but has no formal discipline record. The Employer argues that with regard to placement the only relevant type of seniority is classification seniority. The Union argues that because applicants come from all classifications, to use any basis other than service seniority would be to compare apples with oranges, which is unworkable.
Eastern Provincial Airways Ltd v International Assn of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (1985), 1985 CanLII 4752 (NSLA) (Arbitrator: Innis Christie).