Document Type

Arbitration Decision

Publication Date



Policy, Retirement, Package, Vacation, Departure, Interpretation


This is a policy grievance brought by the Union because the Employer refused to allow employees, who were accepting an early retirement package, to include outstanding vacation time as time served. The Union wanted the remedy to include a recalculation of entitlement for the relevant employees, a declaration that the Employer had violated the Agreement and an order that eligible employees be allow to reconsider their choices based on this decision. The Employer's interpretation hinged on the fact that the departure date was subject to the Employer's approval.