Winnipeg transit workers grieve after family leave denied

Questionnaire takes away ‘any discretion’: arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/06/2019
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After seven workers at Winnipeg Transit were denied paid family responsibility leave, the union filed a policy grievance alleging the employer treated them unfairly.

During various negotiations for collective agreements, the City of Winnipeg and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 1505, agreed to language that would satisfy new rules of the Employment Standards Code.

The agreement, which ran from Jan. 18, 2015 to Jan. 12, 2019, called for employees to receive two paid days and one unpaid day per year for family responsibility leave, which expanded the definition away from a strictly sick-leave system.