Board finds violation of statutory freeze

On April 23, 2013 the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) upheld the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s complaint against the Treasury Board and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The PSLRB found that the Treasury Board and CBSA violated the statutory freeze on terms and conditions of employment by terminating a long-standing practice of granting union officers full-time union leave with pay. This important decision clarifies the law on the statutory freeze period in the federal public sector and establishes the PSLRB’s approach to the issue of the time limits for making statutory freeze complaints. The case was argued by Andrew Raven with assistance from Dayna Steinfeld of Ravenlaw.