Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration
CASE NO. 1609
Heard at Montreal, Thursday, January 15, 1987
VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
CANADIAN BROTHERHOOD OF RAILWAY, TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS
Manning of Special Trains.
JOINT STATEMENT OF ISSUE:
On May 25, 1985, VIA Promotional Train (Mazankowski Special) departed from Edmonton for Vancouver manned with employees operating from Winnipeg terminal.
The Brotherhood cited a violation of Article 7.2 (vii) of Collective Agreement No. 2, and requests compensation for eight employees at 91 hours, 55 minutes.
The Corporation contends that Article 4.8 confers upon management the right to determine the crewing of "Special Trains",and has denied the Brotherhood's claim.
FOR THE BROTHERHOOD: FOR THE CORPORATION:
(SGD.) TOM McGRATH (SGD.) A. GAGNE
National Vice President Director Labour Relations
There appeared on behalf of the Corporation:
M. St-Jules– Manager, Labour Relations, Montreal
C. O. White– Officer, Labour Relations, Montreal
J. Kish– Officer, Personnel & Labour Relations, Montreal
H. Moore– Officer, Manpower & Materials, On-Board Services, Montreal
And on behalf of the Brotherhood:
J. A. Craig– Regional Vice-President, Vancouver
Tom McGrath– National Vice-President, Ottawa
T. N. Stol– Regional Vice-President, Toronto
A. Cerille– Regional Vice-President, Winnipeg
Gaston Cote– Regional Vice-President, Montreal
G. Boudreau– Regional Vice-President, Moncton
AWARD OF THE ARBITRATOR
It appears to be undisputed that spare work out of Edmonton is normally protected by the Vancouver Spareboard. On May 25, 1985 a special train, the "Mazankowski Special" was dispatched from Edmonton to Vancouver staffed by spareboard employees from Winnipeg. The employees in question were plainly being used off their normal assignments. Article 4.8 of the Collective Agreement provides asfollows:
In the Arbitrator's view the facts disclose the establishment of a special assignment. While it is true that Article 7.2 (vii) would, in the normal course, require spare work out of Edmonton to be protected by the Vancouver spareboard, as part of the normal assignment of the employees in question, the circumstances of the special train would fall under the more specific provisions of Article 4.8. Given that this was a special assignment, the normal constraints upon the Corporation found elsewhere in the Collective Agreement did not operate (See CROA 504). For these reasons the grievance must be dismissed.
(sgd.) MICHEL G. PICHER