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Contract Interpretation

Workers Entitled to Severance Pay for Permanent Closure of a Logging Camp

Coulson Forest Products Ltd. v United Steelworkers, Local 1-1937, 2021 CanLII 41402 (BC LA); leave for reconsideration denied in 2021 BCLRB 139 (CanLII). Two workers, who had worked in the employer’s logging operation as machine operators for decades, were laid off and lost their seniority rights after the employer disposed of its Toquart Bay operation on Vancouver Island. They sought s...
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Proper Interpretation of the Collective Agreement Language Required Employer to Pay an Additional Master Position at Higher Pay Group

Canadian Merchant Service Guild and Saam Smit Vancouver, Inc. (Class 10 Masters - Article 21.2 Arbitration), unreported, March 26, 2018 (Hall). The union sought to enforce the following newly negotiated Collective Agreement language: Currently there are four (4) Class ten (10) vessels including the SST Orleans. One (1) Master will be added to Pay Group ten (10) for each additional tug added in th...
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Employer’s Grievance Seeking LTD Plan Contribution Holiday Denied

West Fraser Mills v. United Steelworkers, Locals 1-424 and 1-425 (Long Term Disability Contributions Grievance), [2017] B.C.C.A.A.A. No. 125 (McPhillips). The employer brought a policy grievance concerning the interpretation of Collective Agreement provisions dealing with employer and employee contribution levels related to the IWA - Forest Industry Long Term Disability plan (the “Plan”). Citing...
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