In February of 2021, the employer notified us that it would no longer allow job share partners to “swap days” (trade or swap days outside of their regularly scheduled days of work without accessing leave entitlements). 

The union subsequently grieved this, asserting that it violated the longstanding past practice, the collective agreement, and could have a discriminatory effect on members based on their gender and/or family status. 

In communications between counsel in preparation for the upcoming arbitration, the employer has confirmed that job share partners can continue to “swap days” until the conclusion of provincial bargaining. 

 We want to make sure that current job share partners are aware that the employer has advised the union its position is that job share partners can currently continue to swap days.  

 If you have any questions or concerns about this, please reach out to Gavin Slade-Kerr at hs@surreyteachers.org