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Yukon Teachers Labour Relations Board
Annual report 2013-2014

YUKON TEACHERS
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD


COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD

Chairperson: Catherine Ebbs, Chairperson
David Paul Olsen, Acting Chairperson (January 2, 2013 to March 31, 2014)

Vice-Chairpersons: Linda Gobeil
David Paul Olsen
Renaud Paquet

Members: Stephan J. Bertrand
John Jaworski
Steven B. Katkin
Michael McNamara
Catharine (Kate) Rogers
Margaret Shannon
Adjudicators: Michael Fleming
Joan Gordon
Stan Lanyon
Ken Norman
Dan Quigley
Colin Taylor

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 EDUCATION
LABOUR RELATIONS ACT

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING
MARCH 31, 2014

INTRODUCTION

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

PROCEEDINGS IN 2011-2012

In 2013-2014, there were 8 proceedings under the Yukon Education Labour Relations Act (the “Act”); 6 were references to adjudication of grievances related to interpretations of collective agreements and disciplinary actions, and 2 were references to adjudication of policy grievances related to the interpretation or application of a collective agreement or an arbitral award (pursuant to section 68 of the Act).

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 9 grievance adjudication cases during the review period. Four (4) were new, and 5 were carried over from the previous fiscal year. Three (3) of those cases were closed, and 6 will be carried forward into 2014-2015.

Of the 9 grievance cases, 6 were disciplinary matters involving termination or suspension, and 3 involved the interpretation of collective agreements. Of those 6 discipline cases, 1 was scheduled for a hearing in 2013-2014, 1 remains to be scheduled, and 1 is awaiting decision. The remaining 3 cases were closed; decisions were reached for 2 of them, and 1 was settled and withdrawn.

Of the 3 grievances pertaining to the interpretation of collective agreements, 2 remain to be scheduled for a hearing, and 1, which was carried over from 2012-2013, is on hold pending a decision of the Supreme Court of Yukon.

Managerial and confidential positions

A person employed in a managerial or confidential position is one who, due to the nature of the duties being performed, meets the criteria established under the Act for exclusion from a bargaining unit.

In 2013-2014, there were no matters of this nature.

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 2013-2014, the Board did not receive any requests for mediation.