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Arbitration Decision

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Shop Steward, Thrift, Part-Time, Manipulating, Assignment, Halifax, Port Hawkesbury


The Grievor, as the Union's Shop Steward, is acting for employees in the Employer's thrift stores. The grievance was initiated when the hours of a part-time employee were reduced. The Union asserted that the Employer was manipulating hours to avoid making employees full-time. The Employer maintained that there is nothing in the Collective Agreement which requires the creation of full time jobs where it could, or otherwise prevent the assignment of work to minimize the number of full-time positions.

The grievance fails. Part-time employees were excluded from the Collective Agreement.