When a severe winter storm prevented a number of GSU Local 1 members from attending work for all or part of their shifts on Nov. 9, 2020, they were required by their employer to use banked overtime or vacation to cover the missed hours of work. The members in question raised the issue with GSU and grievance action seeking pressing necessity leave was commenced.
“I’m happy to report that Viterra and GSU were able to resolve the grievance on a without prejudice basis and 12 affected employees will be granted pressing necessity leave as well as having their banked overtime or vacation time restored,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "By settling the matter without prejudice, neither side is giving up their position on the subject, but have agreed to resolve the matter in this instance without creating a precedent for future situations.”
If Local 1 members want a permanent solution for this kind of situation, grievance action will have to be pursued if it happens again or the issue can be addressed at the bargaining table at the next round of agreement renewal collective bargaining in 2022.
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