Firing of Fort Saskatchewan jail guards overturned
Guards fired after 5-day Alberta-wide wildcat strike last spring
Four senior corrections officers at the Fort Saskatchewan Institution may soon get their jobs back after an arbitrator overturned their firing.
“We’re very pleased that the arbitrator has ruled that the firings were unjustified,” said Guy Smith, President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, in a news release Thursday.
Smith said he was advised of the decision, but is still waiting to receive the arbitrator’s written decision which will include the reasons for the ruling.
The corrections officers were fired in July, 2013 in the wake of the wildcat strike at provincial corrections facilities across Alberta over what the union said were health and safety concerns.
AUPE filed grievances contesting the terminations.
“We hope that the employer respects the process and puts these employees back to work as soon as possible,” Smith said.
The arbitrator ruled that their terminations be overturned, substituting them with three-month unpaid suspensions for three of the officers and a one-month unpaid suspension for the fourth, Smith said.