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Annual report of the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board – 2011-2012

YUKON PUBLIC SERVICE
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD


COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD

Chairperson: Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.

Vice-Chairpersons: Linda Gobeil (appointed APril 28, 2011)
Renaud Paquet
Michele A. Pineau (term ended December 31, 2011)

Members: Roger Beaulieu
Stephan J. Bertrand
Dan Butler (retired October 7, 2011)
Steven B. Katkin (appointed September 1, 2011)
Catharine (Kate) Rogers

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

Executive Director: Guy Lalonde
General Counsel: Sylvie M.D. Guilbert
Director, Compensation Analysis and Research Services: Céline Laporte (Acting Director)
Director, Corporate Services: Alison Campbell
Director, Dispute Resolution Services: Gilles Grenier
Director, Financial Services: Robert Sabourin
Director, Human Resources Services: Chantal Bélanger
Director, Registry Operations and Policy: Susan J. Mailer

REPORT ON THE ADMINISTRATION
OF THE YUKON PUBLIC SERVICE
LABOUR RELATIONS ACT
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING
MARCH 31, 2012

INTRODUCTION

Under an agreement with the Yukon government, the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) administers the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems for the Yukon public service. When performing these functions, the PSLRB acts as the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board (“the Board”).

PROCEEDINGS IN 2011–2012

In 2011-2012, there were 44 proceedings under the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Act (“the Act”); 2 were applications for extensions of time to present a grievance and 42 were referrals to adjudication of grievances related to interpretations of collective agreements or disciplinary actions.

Early in 2011, the Board met with the employer and bargaining agent to discuss the caseload and to develop a hearing schedule until December 2013. These initiatives enable the parties to be better prepared for hearings and for the Board to secure adjudicators. Given the success of these initiatives, the Board plans to organize another meeting in 2012-2013 year to schedule the remaining cases.

Grievance adjudication

Adjudication refers to any determination made by adjudicators appointed by the Board pursuant to the Act. It includes the determination of grievances arising from the application or interpretation of collective agreements or arbitral awards or from major disciplinary actions or terminations.

The Board dealt with 42 grievance adjudication cases during the period under review. Four (4) were new, and 38 were carried over from the previous fiscal year. Ten (10) cases were closed.

Of the 42 grievance cases, 25 dealt with interpretations of collective agreements. Of those 25 cases, 3 were scheduled for a hearing in 2011-2012. Sixteen (16) remain to be scheduled, 2 were settled pending confirmation, 1 case was on hold by the parties and 3 were completed.

Seventeen (17) cases dealt with disciplinary matters, 4 of which involved terminations. Of those 4 cases, 3 were withdrawn and 1 remains to be scheduled. Of the 13 remaining cases dealing with other types of disciplinary matters, 1 has been scheduled, 1 has been scheduled tentatively, 6 remain to be scheduled, 1 has been settled pending confirmation and 4 have been completed.

Mediation

When a proceeding is brought before the Board, mediation is offered to help the parties resolve their differences without resorting to a formal hearing. As well, the parties may request the Board’s assistance in resolving a dispute before the matter is referred to adjudication. In 2011-2012, there were no requests for mediation.