It has only taken a decade, but thanks to a lot of hard work and negotiations the union has managed to create a fair, transparent and equitable system for the distribution of overtime in our provincial facilities.
Now, the employer wants to abolish all that. Proposed changes to the Provincial Hiring/Overtime Protocol (POP) will eliminate a practice that has worked for many years and has significantly reduced the backlog and number of overtime grievances.
The employer wants to remove the transparency in hiring for available overtime. They propose eliminating the five-minute waiting period between calls in Adult institutions. Also, they propose to change the Overtime Hiring Period from three days prior to seven days prior.
Not only do these changes undermine the Overtime protocol, they also undermine the Grievance Settlement Board decision that enforces fair and equitable distribution of overtime.
To top it off, the employer has proposed the removal of the Correctional Officer Bargaining Unit Scheduling Assistant (COBUSA) positions in institutions. These positions helped correct many historical problems with hiring and overtime, and helped eliminate a significant number of grievances which reduced grievance costs to both the employer and union.
Essentially, these proposals wipe out a decade’s worth of work. There will be a rush to the bottom of the overtime availability list. These changes circumvent the protocol (or the need to even have a protocol) and bring back a return to the days of favouritism.
When a system isn’t broken, there’s no need to “fix” it. Unless the employer’s goal is to return to the days of unfairness, non-transparency and inequality in the distribution of overtime.
Please continue to support your Bargaining Team.
Tom O’Neill, Chair, Corrections Team
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President