Duty of Fair Representation

Individual officers may not bring grievances against a Police Services Board. However, arbitral jurisprudence to date has allowed individual officers to bring a “duty of fair representation” (DFR) grievance against a Police Association.

Query Results
Classification Award # Award Date Arbitrator Municipality
Associations   Duty of fair representation - Duty of fair representation complaint - Applicant brought motion for recusal - Arbitrator has discretionary authority to determine procedures for hearing - Procedural rulings by arbitrator were made with proper regard for procedural fairness to both parties - No basis for arbitrator to recuse himself on the grounds of bias - Motion dismissed - Preliminary award.
See Also: Associations, Duty of Fair Representation
Download PDF file 17-001 02/22/2017 Marcotte, W Ottawa
Associations   Duty of fair representation - Civilian members - Complainant alleged association failed to represent him adequately in discussions leading to settlement of his grievance - Complainant delayed in bringing complaint and attacked settlement only after taking full advantage of its terms - Complaint dismissed.
See Also: Arbitrability, Associations, Complaints
Download PDF file 16-005 07/15/2016 Anderson, Ian Toronto
Associations   Duty of fair representation - Uniform members - Complainant alleged association violated duty of fair representation - Complainant advanced a number of complaints - Primary complaint that he was improperly transferred from Intelligence Unit - Association understood complaint, communicated with complainant and negotiated a settlement on his behalf - No evidence that association treated complainant unfairly or in an arbitrary, discriminatory or bad faith manner - Association was entitled to decline to take complainant’s grievance to arbitration - Breach of duty of fair representation not established - Complaint dismissed.
See Also: Associations
Download PDF file 15-007 11/05/2015 Starkman, D Ottawa
Associations   Duty of fair representation - Uniform members - Complaint alleging association breached its duty of fair representation by failing to pursue promotion grievance - Complainant alleged constable who was facing disciplinary charges should have been removed from eligibility list - Association reached agreement with service to maintain constable on list pending disposition of disciplinary charges - Complainant not demonstrating that in declining to pursue his grievance association acted in arbitrary, discriminatory or bad faith manner - No breach of duty of fair representation - Complaint dismissed.
See Also: Associations
Download PDF file 14-007 06/02/2014 Mackenzie, Ian Windsor
Associations   Duty of fair representation - Uniform members - Complaint alleging association breached its duty of fair representation by failing to pursue promotion grievance - Burden of proving breach of duty lies with complainant - Elements of duty - Association had legitimate concerns about impact of complainant’s grievance on rights of another member who was on suspension - Association not required to obtain a legal opinion but rather to undertake a “thorough study” of the grievance - Association considered grievance seriously and undertook thorough examination of merits and implications - Decision not to pursue grievance not arbitrary, discriminatory or made in bad faith - Complaint dismissed.
See Also: Associations
Download PDF file 14-007 06/02/2014 Mackenzie, Ian Windsor

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