Bargaining unit work not contracted out

The transit utility normally used drivers to perform ad hoc ridership counts. The union grieved when it contracted out a system-wide survey. The arbitrator found that the earlier work was not significant enough to meet the threshold.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/28/2012

When a municipal employer engaged a consulting company to track transit ridership, the union grieved.

In the summer of 2011, a municipal employer undertook a comprehensive review of its entire transit system. The city said it wanted to rebalance the supply and demand for transit and reduce the system’s environmental impact.

On Oct. 17, 2011, the city notified all its Transit Operators that field surveyors would be riding the buses for a two-week period to count the numbers of passengers getting on and off the buses at all the designated stops.