CANADIAN RAILWAY OFFICE OF ARBITRATION
CASE NO. 1671
Heard at Montreal Wednesday, July 15, 1987
Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees
The assessing of 14 demerits to employee D. Miller, CanPar, Orillia, Ontario, for a vehicle accident
JOINT STATEMENT OF ISSUE:
Employee Miller was involved in a motor vehicle accident on September 19, 1986, on Highway 11.
Through grievance procedures, the Company reduced the demerits from demerits from 14 to 10, but declined to completely remove the demerits on the basis that employee Miller did not take defensive action to prevent the other vehicle from side swiping his vehicle.
FOR THE BROTHERHOOD: FOR THE COMPANY:
(SGD.) J. J. Boyce (SGD.) B. D. NEILL
General Chairman Director, Labour Relations
There appeared on behalf of the Company:
D. Bennett – Labour Relations Officer, Mississauga
B. F. Weinert – Manager Labour Relations, CPET, Willowdale
And on behalf of the Brotherhood:
J. J. Crabb – General Secretary Treasurer, Toronto
J. Bechtel – Vice General Chairman, Toronto
Lemire – Local Chairman
AWARD OF THE ARBITRATOR
In the Arbitrator's view the material supports only marginally the allegation that the grievor failed to exercise a sufficient degree of defensive driving in the circumstances of the accident. It is not disputed that the accident was in fact the fault of another driver, whose vehicle strayed across the yellow line divider, sideswiping the grievor's truck. The only basis for any discipline is the grievor's own admission that he was driving close to the yellow line. In the circumstances, the Arbitrator deems that five demerits would be an appropriate measure of discipline. Mr. Miller's record shall therefore be revised accordingly.
(signed) MICHEL G. PICHER