Government ordered to try to reach agreement with union on lost salaries and benefits
The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has upheld the findings of a Board of Arbitration that found the provincial Department of Transportation and Works violated seniority and recall rights of employees affected by the province's 2005 closure of 13 highway depots.
In a news release, the union representing the workers - the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) - noted that they successfully arbitrated the issue following the 2005 layoffs. The provincial government took the case to the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court trial division which upheld the arbitrated ruling, and government further took the case to the province's highest court that released its ruling today.
"In a unanimous decision, the court of appeal upheld the board of arbitration's finding that the department's actions violated the seniority provisions of the MOS Collective Agreement," said NAPE president Carol Furlong. "The court has directed the two parties to attempt to reach an agreement on lost salary and benefits and, if no agreement is reached, the matter of lost salary and benefits can be remitted to the Board of arbitration for resolution.
"This award addresses the monetary aspect of the grievance, but even more importantly, the court recognized the need to protect the principle of seniority."
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