Arbitrator Upholds Mandatory Vaccination Policy
January 6, 2022
In a decision released on January 4, 2022, Arbitrator Herman denied a grievance from the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 175 ("UFCW") concerning a workplace policy on mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 issued by Bunge Hamilton Canada ("Bunge"). UFCW grieved that the policy - which placed non-compliant employees on unpaid leave - was an unreasonable exercise of managerial rights and that it should be declared null. Arbitrator Herman disagreed, finding that the Bunge Policy was reasonable.