The Ministry of the Solicitor General was wrong to directly assign former managers into newly-created “correctional supervisor” positions in the OPSEU/SEFPO Correctional Bargaining Unit without competitions open to OPSEU/SEFPO Correctional Bargaining Unit members, according to a recent Grievance Settlement Board (GSB) decision.
In a previous decision, the GSB ruled that Correctional Sergeants who were classified as management/excluded but who do not perform management or labour-relations functions should actually be in the Correctional Bargaining Unit.
In response, the employer eliminated the “Sergeant” classification, expanded the “Staff Sergeant” position classified as management (non-union), and created a new classification of “Correctional Supervisor” in the OPSEU/SEFPO Correctional Bargaining Unit.
The employer then decided to directly assign currently excluded Sergeants into the new unionized Correctional Supervisor positions without holding competitions, a violation of Article 6 (Posting and Filling) in the collective agreement. The GSB ruled that the language in the collective agreement must prevail in this situation.
Since 2022, the union has been willing to negotiate with the employer on how to move forward in the best interests of everyone involved, while protecting the rights of our bargaining unit members. Given this GSB decision, we encourage the employer to work with us to come to an appropriate remedy.
We will continue to provide information on new developments to members of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Correctional Bargaining Unit, and all Sergeants who have signed up for updates. If you are a Sergeant who works for the Ministry of the Solicitor General in Ontario and would like to receive updates, join our contact list at opseu.org/corsergeants.