Law:Prince Rupert Grain Handling Operations Act

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S.c. 1988, c. 1

Assented to 1988-01-20

An Act to provide for the resumption of grain handling operations at the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:


Contents

Short Title

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Prince Rupert Grain Handling Operations Act.


Interpretation

Definitions

2. (1) In this Act,

“arbitrator”

« arbitre »

“arbitrator” means the arbitrator appointed pursuant to subsection 7(1);

“collective agreement”

« convention collective »

“collective agreement” means the collective agreement between the employer and the union that expired on December 31, 1983;

“employee”

« employé »

“employee” means a person employed by the employer who is bound by the collective agreement;

“employer”

« employeur »

“employer” means the Prince Rupert Grain Ltd.;

“union”

« syndicat »

“union” means the Grain Workers’ Union, Local 333.

Words and expressions

(2) Unless otherwise provided, words and expressions used in this Act have the same meaning as in Part V of the Canada Labour Code.


Grain Handling Operations

Resumption of grain handling operations

(a) the employer shall forthwith resume grain handling operations at the grain terminal located on Ridley Island in the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia; and

(b) every employee shall, when so required, forthwith resume the duties of that employee’s employment.

Obligations of union

(a) forthwith on the coming into force of this Act, give notice to the employees that, by reason of that coming into force, grain handling operations are forthwith to be resumed at the grain terminal located on Ridley Island in the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and the employees, when so required, are forthwith to resume the duties of their employment;

(b) take all reasonable steps to ensure that employees comply with paragraph 3(b); and

(c) refrain from any conduct that may encourage employees not to comply with paragraph 3(b).

Obligations of employer

(a) in any manner impede any employee from complying with paragraph 3(b); or

(b) discharge or in any other manner discipline, or authorize or direct the discharge or discipline of, any employee by reason of that employee’s having been on strike before the coming into force of this Act.

Extension of collective agreement

5. (1) The term of the collective agreement is extended to include the period beginning on January 1, 1984 and ending on December 31, 1989.

Collective agreement amended

Collective agreement binding for extended term

(3) The collective agreement, as amended by or pursuant to this Act, is effective and binding on the parties thereto for the period for which the agreement is extended by subsection (1) notwithstanding anything in Part V of the Canada Labour Code or in the agreement, and

(a) Part V of the Canada Labour Code applies in respect of the agreement, as so amended, as if that period were the term of the agreement; and

(b) the agreement, as so amended, shall, for the purposes of any Act of Parliament, be deemed to be an agreement between the employer and each of its employees on all matters relating to their employment.

Strikes and lockouts prohibited

6. During the term of the collective agreement, as extended by subsection 5(1),

(a) the employer shall not declare or cause a lockout against the union;

(b) no officer or representative of the union shall declare or authorize a strike against the employer; and

(c) no employee shall participate in a strike against the employer.


Arbitration

Arbitration

7. (1) The Minister shall appoint an arbitrator and refer to the arbitrator all matters relating to staffing at the Grain Centre, job classification and security personnel that, at the time of the appointment, are in dispute between the employer and the union.

Powers of arbitrator

(2) The arbitrator has, with such modifications as the circumstances require, all the powers and duties of an arbitrator under section 157 of the Canada Labour Code.

Duties of arbitrator

(3) The arbitrator shall decide all matters referred to the arbitrator pursuant to subsection (1) within forty-five days after the arbitrator’s appointment or such longer period as the employer and union may agree upon.

Form of decision

(4) The arbitrator shall set out the decision on the matters referred to the arbitrator in such form as will enable the decision to be incorporated into the collective agreement in accordance with section 8.

Collective agreement amended

8. When the arbitrator has decided all matters referred to the arbitrator pursuant to subsection 7(1), the collective agreement shall be deemed to be amended by the incorporation therein of the decision of the arbitrator and of such other amendments as may have been agreed upon by the parties thereto prior to that decision.


Amendment Of Collective Agreement

Parties may amend collective agreement

9. Nothing in this Act shall be construed so as to limit the rights of the parties to the collective agreement to agree to amend any provision of the agreement as amended by or pursuant to this Act, other than a provision relating to the term of the agreement, and to give effect thereto.


Enforcement

Offence by individuals

10. (1) An individual who contravenes any provision of this Act is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable, for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues, to a fine

(a) of not less than $10,000 or more than $50,000, where the individual was acting in the capacity of an officer or representative of the employer or the union when the offence was committed; or

(b) of not less than $500 or more than $1,000, in any other case.

Offence by employer or union

(2) Where the employer or the union contravenes any provision of this Act, it is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable, for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues, to a fine of not less than $20,000 or more than $100,000.

Presumption

11. For the purposes of enforcement proceedings under this Act, the union is deemed to be a person.


Coming Into Force

Coming into force


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