CANADIAN RAILWAY OFFICE OF ARBITRATION
& DISPUTE RESOLUTION
CASE NO. 4442
Heard in Toronto, January 12, 2016
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY
TEAMSTERS CANADA RAIL CONFERENCE
Appeal of ten demerits assessed to Conductor Nick Fedorowicz.
JOINT STATEMENT OF ISSUE:
Mr. Fedorowicz was formally investigated regarding his work history during the period from December 9, 2013 and February 24, 2014. After the investigation was complete, Mr. Fedorowicz was assessed ten demerits for Excessive absenteeism between December 9, 2013 and February 24, 2014, while working as a foreman at Thunder Bay, ON.
The Union contends the Company has failed to meet its burden of proof necessary to support any discipline. The Company’s assessment of discipline involves the retroactive enforcement of Bulletin 2014-004, which is contrary to basic principles of industrial discipline. Further, by assessing the grievor with ten demerits, the Company was in violation of the Canada Labour Code.
The Union requests that the ten demerits assessed to Conductor Fedorowicz be removed from his record and that he be made whole.
The Company disagrees with the Union’s contentions and denies the Union’s request.
FOR THE UNION: FOR THE COMPANY:
(SGD.) D. Fulton (SGD.) L. Smeltzer
General Chairperson Labour Relations Officer
T There appeared on behalf of the Company:
B. Scudds – Assistant Director Labour Relations, Toronto
J. Bairaktaris – Director, Labour Relations, Calgary
There appeared on behalf of the Union:
K. Stuebing – Counsel, Caley Wray, Toronto
D. Fulton – General Chairperson, Calgary
D. Edward – Senior Vice General Chairperson, Medicine Hat
R. Finnson – Vice General Chairperson, Wynyard
R. McCann – Local Chairman, Thunder Bay
N. Fedorowicz – Grievor, Thunder Bay
AWARD OF THE ARBITRATOR
The facts and merits of this grievance were fully dealt with in CROA&DR 4443,
the analysis and conclusions of which are adopted for the purposes of this Award.