An Ontario branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has reportedly withdrawn a grievance filed on behalf of 186 employees of The Ottawa Hospital placed on unpaid leave on Nov. 1, 2021, due to their COVID-19 vaccination non-compliance.
The letter was allegedly from CUPE’s national representative Adam Cotsman, whose name and title were printed at the closing. A photo of the letter has been posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
CUPE Local 4000 explained that as it readied itself for labor arbitration proceedings, the union had instructed its legal counsel to furnish a legal opinion regarding the prospects of success.
“Unfortunately, the Legal Opinion doesn’t support pursuing this grievance,” Mr. Cotsman said in his letter. “This is one reason we’re withdrawing the grievance.” The union did not specify any other reasons for its retraction.