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Annual report of the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board – 2012-2013
YUKON PUBLIC SERVICE
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
|Chairperson:||Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
(term ended January 2, 2013)
David Paul Olsen, Acting Chairperson
(January 2, 2013 to March 31, 2013)
David Paul Olsen (appointed August 27, 2012)
|Members:||Stephan J. Bertrand
Steven B. Katkin
Catharine (Kate) Rogers
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
|Executive Director:||Guy Lalonde|
|General Counsel:||Sylvie M.D. Guilbert|
|Director, Compensation Analysis and Research Services:||Suzanne Payette|
|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, 2013
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 those functions, the PSLRB acts as the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board ("the Board").
PROCEEDINGS IN 2012-2013
In 2012-2013, there were 44 proceedings under the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Act ("the Act"); 1 was an application for an extension of time to present a grievance, 37 were references to adjudication of grievances related to interpretations of collective agreements and disciplinary actions, and 6 were adjudications without grievances.
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 37 grievance adjudication cases during the review period. Nine (9) were new, and 28 were carried over from the previous fiscal year. Seven (7) were closed, and 30 will be carried forward into 2013-2014.
Of the 37 grievance cases, 20 dealt with interpretations of collective agreements. Of those, 3 were scheduled for a hearing during the year. Eight (8) remain to be scheduled, 1 was settled pending confirmation, 1 was on hold by the parties, 2 were postponed, 1 has been tentatively scheduled for a hearing, and 4 were completed.
Seventeen (17) cases dealt with disciplinary matters, 3 of which involved terminations. Of those 3 cases, 1 is awaiting decision and 2 remain to be scheduled. Of the 14 remaining cases dealing with other types of disciplinary matters, 1 was scheduled, 1 was tentatively scheduled, 7 remain to be scheduled, 1 was postponed, 1 is on hold pending mediation, and 3 were completed.
The Board also dealt with 6 references to adjudication without grievances (under section 84 of the Act) during the review period. Two (2) were new, and 4 were carried over from the previous fiscal year. None was closed during the year.
Of those 6 cases, 2 were scheduled for a hearing in 2012-2013. Two (2) remain to be scheduled, 1 was settled pending confirmation, 1 is on hold pending mediation, none was completed, and 6 will be carried forward into 2013-2014.
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 2012-2013, the PSLRB did not receive any requests for mediation.