As I sit here filling out a grievance form, I take a moment to reflect on how this came to be. I, like many of you, look forward to time away with family and friends during the summer months when we can fire up the BBQ. But this Canada Day was a busy one. I spent most of it answering the phone for many technicians who were all wondering the same thing – “Why am I being forced in on Canada Day?”
Normally, the answer would be an easy one, but on this day it was complicated by the knowledge that the company had loaned out its resources to Ottawa, only to turn around and find themselves short of resources here and then invoke forced overtime.
Sadly, the realization is that the workload is more of a priority than our Canada Day with family and friends….something that I find completely inexcusable.
If you feel as strongly about this as I do, then I invite you to reach out to your Local Steward and file a grievance if you were impacted by forced overtime on Canada Day.
We cannot and will not allow this sort of action to continue!
President, Local 1996-O