CUPE Local 5167 City of Hamilton Employer COVID 19 mandatory vaccine policy update.
The union continues to meet with the employer about the current state of COVID 19 and express to the employer our members rights under 10.3 (g) of the Collective Agreement.
Our goal is to help all members sustain their employment and Collective Agreement rights.
We filed at grievance in September 2021 when the policy was first implemented.
In addition, we sought out a legal opinion from our employment lawyer.
We filed a grievance regarding the unreasonableness of the amended vaccine policy in January of 2022 that would result in the termination of our unvaccinated members June 1st 2022.
The grievances were presented to the employer towards the end of February and the union and employer have continued to have ongoing discussions regarding this matter.
CUPE Local 5167 is working with CUPE National Communications to draft a letter to be delivered to council regarding our position and the violation of article 10.3 (g).
Senior management will be presenting recommendations to council and those recommendations will be public April 12th.
We are hopeful those recommendations will support amendments to the policy to remove the termination of CUPE Local 5167 members.
In the event council does not amend the policy our employment lawyer will move forward in an expedited process to arbitration.
Furthermore, we have directed our legal council to contact the employer’s legal council to choose an arbitrator and confirm arbitration dates in May.
We will continue to keep members updated as information becomes available to us.
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