Re Canada Post Corp and CUPW

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Arbitration Decision

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Registered, Project, National, Policy, Canada Labour Code, Consolidation


In announcing the creation of its Simplified Registered Mail Service project, in which it is rationalizing its three domestic registered services into one, the Employer indicated that new positions created under this project would not be preferred assignments. The Union alleges the work in question corresponds with the duties of a preferred assignment within the meaning of the Collective Agreement. Prior to consideration of the merits of this matter, the Employer moved that the Arbitrator order two other national policy grievances to be consolidated and heard together with this one. These also allege breaches of the Agreement arising out of the Employer's simplified service and were each assigned to different Arbitrators. The Union submits that the new section of the Canada Labour Code does not empower the Arbitrator to take jurisdiction over grievances not assigned to him, and in fact already assigned to other Arbitrators.


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