No severance packages without union consent

Union hails board's ruling, says it could have "widespread implications" for unionized shops
||Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Unionized staff can’t be offered voluntary severance packages without the consent of their union, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board has ruled.

The board ruled Bell Canada interfered with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada’s (CEP) representation of its members by offering packages directly to employees.

The CEP hailed the ruling as a victory because it explicitly states that voluntary enhanced separation schemes are “terms and conditions” of employment that must be negotiated with a trade union.