IN THE MATTER OF AN ARBITRATION
CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
TEAMSTERS CANADA RAIL CONFERENCE
UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION
RE: PRAIRIE NORTH LINE
Sole Arbitrator: Michel G. Picher
Appearing For The Unions:
Michael Church – Counsel, Toronto
Bruce Willows – General Chairman, TCRC, Edmonton
Robert Thompson – General Chairperson, UTU, Edmonton
Garth Bates – Vice-President / Canadian Legislative Director, UTU, Ottawa
Roland Hackl – Advisor / Witness, Saskatoon
Roy McNally – Local Chairman, TCRC, Humbolt
Ivan Galandy – Local Chairman, TCRC, Canora
Appearing For The Company:
Doug VanCauwenbergh – Director, Labour Relations, Edmonton
Basil Laidlaw – Manager, Labour Relations, Edmonton
Jim Newton – Superintendent, Saskatoon
A hearing in this matter was held in Montreal on July 7, 2008 and a supplementary hearing was held in Montreal on November 1, 2008.
Following the award herein dated July 17, 2008 the parties have been unable to agree on the implementation of the Arbitrator’s award. A supplementary hearing was therefore convened to hear their representations.
Having regard to the submissions of the parties, and for the purposes of clarity, the Arbitrator rules as follows:
1) – The retirement credits to be offered, totalling six in number, shall be enhanced retirement credits on the “VIA formula” which are to be made available to employees who satisfy the 55/85 formula for eligibility.
2) - To the extent that all or any of the credits are not claimed and taken up by eligible employees, the parties shall discuss the alternative of a bridging formula for more junior employees. Should they be unable to agree on an appropriate bridging formula, the matter may be returned to the Arbitrator for final determination.
I continue to retain jurisdiction in this matter.
Dated at Ottawa this 4th day of December, 2008
Michel G. Picher