|July 18, 2006
CAW wins case to represent new Rocky Mountaineer Vacations workers
New employees to service new train routes of the Whistler Mountaineer and Fraser Discover Route
|The CAW successfully challenged Rocky Mountaineer Vacations (RMV) before Arbitrator Vincent L. Ready on April 10, 2006 in
Vancouver, concerning CAW Council 4000's right to represent the approximately 40-60 newly hired employees to service two new
routes created by the Company - the Whistler Mountaineer (Vancouver to Whistler) and the Fraser Discovery Route (Whistler to
Jasper). Arbitrator Ready published his award on July 13th. This is a significant win for Council 4000.
The Company hired the new employees as “non-union” workers, despite the fact that Council 4000 already represents the existing
workforce of approximately 90 employees at RMV based in Vancouver and Kamloops, B.C., members of Local 4001. The Union had
placed this matter on the bargaining table during the parties’ recent negotiations earlier this year, but agreed in Conciliation to move
the matter to Arbitration, thereby protecting the CAW’s concerns from any preliminary objections which may have been raised.
The Union will be setting up a meeting shortly with the RMV to discuss the implementation of this award. Details will be published on
Council 4000 wishes to congratulate the successful efforts of CAW National Representative Brian McDonagh, whose experience and
well thought-out strategy saw the Union and its membership, succeed in this important case. Moreover, the contributions from the
grassroots membership, as well as Local Chairperson Matthew Fischer and Regional Representative Dave Mercer-Hazlitt made this
case a success.
Click Here to read the award.
In April of this year (2006), CAW members at Rocky Mountaineer ratified a new three-year collective agreement that contains, among
numerous improvements, a general wage increase of 3% in each year of the contract, as well as an accrued hourly wage bonus of
5% a year for each of the three years.