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Arbitration Decision

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Contracting Out, Letters of Intent, Negotiation, Craft, Cable, Installation


This is a policy grievance concerning the contracting out of work on two separate occasions. The Union wanted the Employer to stop contracting out work, and pay all damages. The Employer did not believe the work in question was protected from contracting out as outlined in two Letters of Intent that are part of the collective agreement.

The grievances fail. An examination of the negotiating history, nature of the work and the effect it had on the number of union positions support the Employer's position. The Letters of Intent did not cover the type of work which was contracted out. Also, in one case the work was being performed before the Letters of Intent were negotiated and only new work was protected. Thus the Employer did not breach the collective agreement.