February 17, 2006



To put it mildly, the employer screwed up the Plan “A” restructure of Willowdale Depot 2, and the band aid Plan “C” restructure. The Local had objected strenuously in the consultation process and filed a grievance. This grievance was scheduled to be heard on February 7, 2006 in front of Arbitrator Von Veh.

The grievance was settled without going to arbitration, and a new volume count will be done as soon as possible, but no later than June 2006 and a new restructure will be in place by the end of the year. This is an extremely expensive process for CPC when you consider the costs of counters, RMO’s, Union Observers, and support costs.

The walks will not revert to the prior structure as the Local had to balance a couple of issues.  Litigation would have resulted in an additional delay, as a written award from the arbitrator would have taken a couple of months. The CMVI is ending this summer and it would have triggered the new MVI process, requiring a one year count of 120 POC’s and an implementation in the fall of 2007 at the earliest.  In addition, employees have been promoted, transferred and employees also have bid into and out of the station and the disruption to all these employees in all locations would be detrimental to many members not directly impacted.

While this is not the best solution, it provides the fastest relief to the members doing these routes. This is a significant victory for the Union, as we are not aware of CPC voluntarily re -doing a Plan “A” restructure in the history of the Local.


In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
Scarborough Local