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Does the 24 Hour Shift Increase Costs and Diminish Service in Small Municipalities?


Webinar Date:

July 11, 2018 11:30amET 


Ross Dunsmore, Dunsmore Law



Ross Dunsmore has been practicing Fire Department law for more than 30 years. He has represented many Fire Departments and has been a regular speaker at the Ontario Fire College for many years. A number of his clients have 24 hour shift trials and some still do not because they remain wary of cost increases and services reductions. He has extensive interest arbitration experience on the subject, particularly in Central York.  


Webinar Synopsis:

Nearly every 24 hour trial Protocol negotiated in Ontario over the last ten years provides that the 24 hour shift will not increase the costs of operation and will not reduce the services of the Department. It is on this basis that the Union content that accommodating the life style preference of the union for fewer days at work should be granted. The presentation will examine and discuss the circumstances of small municipalities where limited staffing and financial restrictions reduce the ability of the employer to provide adequate service without increasing costs. In Bradford, this matter has been arbitrated and evidence presented as to the nature of the problems. The union have said that the purpose of the Trial is to study such problems to discover if real problems exist so they can be fixed. The employer has argued that service and cost are more important that life style so the problems must be fixed first before any trial. What should one make of these arguments?




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