B.C. transit agency derails contracting out provision in collective agreement

Government-legislated agency has power to establish subsidiaries, arbitrator ruled
|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.