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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)

Vice-Chairpersons: Linda Gobeil
David Paul Olsen (appointed August 27, 2012)
Renaud Paquet

Members: Stephan J. Bertrand
John Jaworski
Steven B. Katkin
Michael McNamara
Catharine (Kate) Rogers
Margaret Shannon

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 2012-2013, the PSLRB did not receive any requests for mediation.