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Annual report of the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board – 2013-2014
YUKON PUBLIC SERVICE
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
|Chairperson:||Catherine Ebbs, Chairperson
David Paul Olsen, Acting Chairperson
(January 2, 2013 to March 31, 2014)
David Paul Olsen
|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, 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, 2014
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 2013-2014
In 2013-2014, there were 28 proceedings under the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Act (“the Act”), all of which were references to adjudication of grievances related to interpretations of collective agreements and disciplinary actions.
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 43 grievance adjudication cases during the review period. Nineteen (19) were new, and 24 were carried over from the previous fiscal year. One (1) was closed, and 42 will be carried forward into 2014-2015.
Of the 43 grievance cases, 20 dealt with interpretations of collective agreements. Of those, 1 was scheduled for a hearing during the year. Twelve (12) remain to be scheduled, 4 were settled pending confirmation, 2 were postponed, and 1 was completed.
Twenty-three (23) cases dealt with disciplinary matters, 4 of which involved terminations. Of those 4 cases, 1 was scheduled for a hearing during the review period, and 3 remain to be scheduled. The 19 remaining cases dealing with other types of disciplinary matters remain to be scheduled.
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 2013-2014, the Board did not receive any requests for mediation. However, with respect to collective bargaining files, there was 1 request in which a party asked that the Chairperson declare that a deadlock existed in accordance with section 49 of the Act. That request was not actioned as the parties were able to reach a tentative agreement before the Chairperson issued his decision.