CANADIAN RAILWAY OFFICE OF ARBITRATION
CASE NO. 2051
Heard at Montreal, Wednesday, 12 September 1990
CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
CANADIAN BROTHERHOOD OF RAILWAY, TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS
An alleged violation of Article 28.9(1) of Agreement 5.1, as a result of employees not represented by the Brotherhood refuelling refrigeration units at Symington.
JOINT STATEMENT OF ISSUE:
For the past number of years, the Company has utilized Carmen to inspect and when required, refuel refrigeration units.
The Brotherhood contends that all work relating to the refuelling of refrigeration units falls within the scope of Agreement 5.1 and must therefore be performed by its members.
The Company disagrees.
FOR THE BROTHERHOOD: FOR THE COMPANY:
(SGD) TOM McGRATH (SGD) W. W. WILSON
NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT for: ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENT, LABOUR RELATIONS
There appeared on behalf of the Company:
D. McMeekin – System Labour Relations Officer, Montreal
B. R. O’Neill – Research Officer, Montreal
And on behalf of the Brotherhood:
A. Cerilli – Regional Vice-President, Winnipeg
AWARD OF THE ARBITRATOR
The Arbitrator cannot find on the basis of the authorities and materials filed, that the Brotherhood is entitled to claim exclusive work jurisdiction to the refuelling of refrigeration units. The evidence establishes that for many years carmen have performed the duties associated with the refuelling of refrigeration cars at Symington Yard, although that work has also been done on occasion by members of the Brotherhood. For the reasons related in a number of prior decisions of this Office, the Brotherhood’s claim cannot be sustained (See CROA 2006 and 527). This finding is clearly without prejudice to such rights as the Brotherhood may have in respect of any separate claim regarding the loading and unloading of railway tank cars and storage tanks.
For the foregoing reasons the grievance must be dismissed.
14 September 1990 (Sgd.) MICHEL G. PICHER