Central Grievance Arbitration Update
The North Bay Hospital required its Pharmacy Assistants to upgrade to the new regulated classification of Pharmacy Technician. Some of the affected employees were unable to meet the regulatory requirements. As a result, the Hospital fired them. It was the Union’s position that the Hospital was required to provide these employees with notice of layoff under Article 9.08(A). The Hospital took the position that the employees in question had been terminated for (nondisciplinary) cause, not laid off.The Board of Arbitration, chaired by Russell Goodfellow found that when a Hospital chooses to fundamentally alter the requirements of a osition, for regulatory reasons or otherwise, it must provide notices of layoff if those positions are occupied. An excellent outcome for L. 139 and all of our membership!