The union representing a jailer who's accused of obstructing justice and breach of trust, is fighting the man's suspension without pay.

Todd MacKay is represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

"In this case, there have been grievances filed — albeit it's been quite a while now," said Jacquie Bramwell, CUPE's regional director. "There is a case before the courts, once that process works its way through we'll then go back to the grievance procedure and of course represent our member with the suspension."

MacKay was a jailer at the police lockup in Sydney. Jailers typically work in municipal facilities while jail guards work in provincially or federally-run institutions.  

He's been suspended without pay since August of 2011 after an alleged incident involving Cape Breton Regional Police Const. Ron Williams.

Williams has been convicted of obstruction of justice and breach of trust.

In the William's case, the judge accepted evidence that Williams called MacKay and asked him to call a suspected impaired driver and warn him police were coming to his home and not to answer the door.

Williams then changed an occurrence report dealing with the incident.

Bramwell said CUPE is fighting MacKay's suspension without pay and his lack of legal representation.

"Well we have a couple of grievances flowing for our member of course. One of them is that they are entitled to representation, legal representation, so we are dealing with that issue as well as the suspension," she said.

As for Williams, some police officers with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service are protesting his suspension without pay.

They've withdrawn their services from specialized police units.

The CBRPS are represented by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

Joan Jessome, NSGEU president, said the union wants the rules surrounding suspension of pay changed.

The NSGEU will meet with the deputy police chief on Friday to try and resolve the dispute.

Meanwhile, MacKay will be in court Jan. 6 to set a trial date.