UPDATE on January 2018 Lay-offs

As we are sorting through the documentation that was issued to all of our members who were affected by the lay-offs that took place last week it has become clear that there was a under-calculation for those members with 5 years or more service time.calculator

To be clear, service time is not rounded up, so if your service time on the day of the layoff was 4 years and 11 months, this does not affect you. There is no rounding up of service time for any of the affected members nationwide.

For those members who had at least 5 full years of service time or more on the date of the layoff (January 16, 2018) the letters that you would have received outlining the TOTAL number of weeks of severance you were due, were short by two (2) weeks. This is owed to a provision of our collective agreement that required 2 weeks of notice or 2 weeks of pay in lieu of notice for members with a minimum of 5 years of service.

The following examples will apply to all of the affected members depending if you fall into the over 5 years or over 10 years categories:

  1. Over 5 years but less than 10 years of service: Your calculation is based on a multiplier of two (2) weeks per full year of service + 2 weeks in lieu of notice.
    So if you were a 7 year employee (for example) your severance would be 14 weeks (7 x 2) + 2 weeks in lieu of notice for a TOTAL of 16 weeks of severance. You may have received a letter only outlining the 14 weeks of severance. This will be corrected and a new letter will be sent to you via mail.
  2. Over 10 years of service: Your calculation is based on a multiplier of three (3) weeks per full year of service [To a maximum of 75 weeks] + 2 weeks in lieu of notice.
    So if you were a 14 year employee (for example) your severance would be 42 weeks (14 x 3) + 2 weeks in lieu of notice for a TOTAL of 44 weeks of severance. You may have received a letter only outlining the 42 weeks of severance. This will be corrected and a new letter will be sent to you via mail.

Please remember that these are examples for the purposes of explaining calculations only. Please use the above formulas in conjunction with your number of full years of service to arrive at your own personal calculation. In general, all of the letters and calculations for those with over 5 years of service had the same error, so it is safe to assume that if you are an over 5 year employee you will be receiving an additional 2 weeks more than your letter stated based on the examples shown above.