In 2016, ATU 1505 had grieved with the City of Winnipeg. That according to Article 28 under our Collective Agreement, when an employee is charged criminally while in the performance of their employement. It was our interpretation that the Employer should be required to be provide council and pay costs for the employee. The City opposed this through the grievance process and it went to arbitration where the arbitrator ruled in our favour that the City was in the wrong.
The City then proceeded to appeal the decision to the Queen's Bench and they dismissed the City's application for Judicial Review. Finding no such reason to question the arbitrator's ruling.
This is a precedent setting outcome throughout the City of Winnipeg. Making it clear that the City has to stand beside employee's if they're charged while in the course of their employment.