Education aid for visible minorities staff not discriminatory, board rules.
Ottawa -- Karen Myers, a correctional officer in Kingston, ON, argued unsuccessfully that a Correctional Services of Canada policy designed to boost the education of visible minorities was a violation of the collective agreement. The rejection was made at the Public Service Relations Board rejected Myers argument that the CSC (Card Security Code) A three- or four-digit number printed on the back of credit cards for security purposes. Called "Card Verification Value" (CVV) by Visa, "Card Validation Code" (CVC) by MasterCard and "Card Identification (CID) by American Express and Discover, actions were neither arbitrary nor discriminatory.
Myers, who had begun part-time study for a degree in criminology criminology, the study of crime, society's response to it, and its prevention, including examination of the environmental, hereditary, or psychological causes of crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and the efficacy of punishment or correction (see , applied for financial support when she learned in 2002 that visible minority employees could receive 100% support in lieu of Instead of; in place of; in substitution of. It does not mean in addition to. salary for educational upgrading. She was turned down because she is a visible minority member.
The CSC used its discretion to offer her 50% support while she completed the last five credits for her degree on a full-time basis. She turned the offer down and completed her degree part-time.
The employee has been with Correctional Services of Canada since 1995. On Aug. 6, 2002, she filed a grievance griev·ance
a. An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint.
b. A complaint or protestation based on such a circumstance. See Synonyms at injustice.
2. after being told she was not eligible to receive 100 per cent of her salary while on leave studying but the CSC would give her a discretional allowance of 50%. Meyer turned this down and continued working on her degree part-time. She and the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers launched an appeal to the Public Service Relations Board.
The Board ruled that the CSC discretion on educational allowances is not limited under the collective bargaining agreement The contractual agreement between an employer and a Labor Union that governs wages, hours, and working conditions for employees and which can be enforced against both the employer and the union for failure to comply with its terms. ; that favouring visible minorities was not discriminatory Under the Canadian Human Rights Act The Canadian Human Rights Act is a statute originally passed by the Government of Canada in 1977 with the express goal of extending the law to ensure equal opportunity to individuals who may be victims of discriminatory practices based on a set prohibited grounds such as gender, .
* Clause 32.02: At the employer's discretion, an employee on education leave without pay may receive an allowance in lieu of salary of up to 100 per cent. The decision to grant such an allowance is made by the employer, depending on the degree to which the education is deemed to be relevant to organizational requirements.