After seven long years of waiting for the conclusion of her arbitration to protest her exclusion from the CBC, Brenda Levy, our member from Ottawa, can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Arbitrator Serge Brault released on March 31, 2020, an eighty pages award on the quantum to be paid out to Brenda as compensation for various losses and damages suffered concerning the termination of her employment on April 30, 2013. Brenda Levy has always maintained that her job cut was the result of a move by the Corporation to punish her for standing up for her rights rather than a true redundancy job cut as was alleging the CBC. It was on November 12, 2018, that the Arbitrator declared the CBC had violated the collective agreement and that the alleged redundancy was, in fact, an illegal dismissal.

Arbitrator Brault rendered two awards prior to this last one regarding the grievance filed by Ms. Levy (May 26, 2015, and November 12, 2018). The CBC filed for judicial review of both awards before the Ontario Superior Court and these pending procedures are anticipated to be heard in November 2020.

In his award on the quantum Arbitrator, Brault has ordered the CBC to pay up all compensation with interests within 30 days. This would bring final closure to this long-standing procedure. Will this new decision be the subject of yet another legal procedure preventing justice from being rendered diligently? 

At the very outset of this case, a great many of Ottawa workers at the CBC sided with Unit Manager Brenda Levy when news of her departure was first announced under the cover of a retirement. A petition was organized and signed by many to support her and request the CBC to reconsider and reverse its decision to eliminate her position. This final chapter of arbitration gives her full and long-awaited redemption and APS has been standing up, alongside her, throughout this ordeal. In congratulating Brenda for her victory, APS is also turning to the Corporation in the hope that it recognizes mistakes can be made and rises up to finally put an end to seven years of lengthy and costly procedures, in the best interest of all parties involved.

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