B.C. transit agency derails contracting out provision in collective agreementGovernment-legislated agency has power to establish subsidiaries, arbitrator ruled12/16/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013 At the beginning of this year, British Columbia’s transportation service transferred its business and administrative applications to its parent company TransLink — eliminating five positions. Of particular concern was that the transit service violated the collective agreement, specifically the provision pertaining to contracting out. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 7000 filed a grievance, and collective bargaining for the upcoming contract was put on hold pending the outcome of this specific arbitration hearing. At the same time B.C. Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) — which operates two of the three SkyTrain lines in Vancouver — laid off the employees, it also posted new positions at TransLink. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.