Re Canada Post Corp and CUPW

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Arbitration Decision

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Full-Time, Cape Breton, Casual, Wicket, Overtime, Preference, Back-Fill, Vacancies


These are nine grievances made on behalf of full-time employees in Cape Breton offices of Canada Post. It is alleged that the Employer allowed casual employees to work in wicket/counter positions, denied full-time employees opportunities to work overtime while casuals were improperly employed, failed to fill Group 1 vacancies as they occurred, and did not have sufficient relief staff to cover normal absences. Instead of following the order of preference for filling the jobs of employees on leave for more than ten days, casuals were used on an "as needed" basis. The Employer argues that on most of the dates which are the subjects of these grievances there were long-term absences in New Waterford and Glace Bay, and casuals were used legitimately to back-fill for them. They assert that they are entitled to eliminate vacant positions but all other vacancies have been filled in accordance with the Collective Agreement.


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