Job security clauses factor into rail shutdown

The unions grieved when the employer shot down a portion of its operations. The arbitrator found that the change was an "operational change" and not a traffic fluctuation. Also, the province's role as originator of the shutdown did not insulate the employer, as the two were too closely linked.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2013

A transportation commission established by a provincial government announced its intention to shut down passenger rail service to isolated northern communities.

The unions grieved, arguing that the proposed shutdown failed to comply with the notice periods required by the Employment Security and Income Maintenance Agreements (ESIMA) in the collective agreements between the parties.

On Aug. 16, 2012, a provincial Order-in-Council was signed to authorize the shutdown of a passenger rail line that served isolated northern communities.