N00-08-R0011 - Security Screening of Contractors

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Grievance File Number: 
N00-08-R0011
Collective Agreement: 
Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (2008)
Relevant Articles: 
14
Date referred: 
Monday October 26 2009
Status: 
Memorandum of Agreement
Arbitrator: 
S. Stewart

Statement

On or about August 18, 2009, Canada Post advised the Union that it was sending all rural and suburban mail carriers (RSMCs) an information package regarding the security screening of replacement contractors and others carrying out duties on RSMC routes. In this material, Canada Post requires RSMCs to carry out a series of steps to confirm the security status of contractors used as replacements. Among other measures, Canada Post requires RSMCs to give their replacements helpers or ergo assistants the documents and instructions needed to initiate the security clearance process and make sure the latter have read the instructions carefully, completed specified forms and provided finger prints. In doing so, Canada Post is violating the provisions of the collective agreement, and, specifically, Article 14, by assigning RSMCs duties not provided for in the collective agreement, thus unilaterally and illegally changing the provisions of the collective agreement.

Corrective Steps Requested

The Union requests a statement to the effect that Canada Post is violating the collective agreement. The Union also requests that Canada Post be ordered to rescind any measures the latter has taken in respect of RSMCs regarding their compliance or non-compliance with the new procedures. If Canada Post has in effect taken such measures in respect of RSMCs, the Union also requests that Canada Post be ordered to compensate RSMCs, with interest, for any and all lost earnings and benefits resulting from this violation. Finally, the Union requests that Canada Post be ordered to reimburse RSMCs, with interest, for all expenses they incurred in complying with the above-mentioned measures.