Employer Entitled to Alter Vacation Times for Staff Shortage

Denied their vacation requests in the face of staffing shortages, two nurses with at least 20 years’ experience grieved, arguing that the hospital was obliged to follow its past practice of permitting two full-time nurses and one part-time nurse to schedule vacations at the same time. Denying the nurses their requested vacation days despite past practice was unreasonable and a violation of the collective agreement, the union argued.

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