Law:Thunder Bay Grain Handling Operations Act

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S.c. 1991, c. 31

Assented to 1991-10-11

An Act to provide for the resumption and continuance of grain handling operations at Thunder Bay, Ontario

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 Thunder Bay Grain Handling Operations Act.


Interpretation

Words and expressions

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


Interpretation

Definitions

3. In this Act,

“collective agreement”

« convention collective »

“collective agreement” means the collective agreement entered into between an employer and the union that expired on January 31, 1991;

“employee”

« employé »

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

“employer”

« employeur »

“employer” means any employer named in the schedule;

“mediator-arbitrator”

« médiateur-arbitre »

“mediator-arbitrator” means the mediator-arbitrator appointed pursuant to subsection 8(1);

“union”

« syndicat »

“union” means the Transportation — Communications International Union and its Lodge 650.


Grain Handling Operations

Resumption of grain handling operations

(a) each employer shall forthwith resume grain handling operations at Thunder Bay, Ontario; and

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

Obligations of employers

(a) in any manner impede any employee from complying with paragraph 4(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.

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 Thunder Bay, Ontario 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 4(b); and

(c) refrain from any conduct that may encourage employees not to comply with paragraph 4(b).

Extension of collective agreement

6. (1) The term of the collective agreement is extended to include the period beginning on February 1, 1991 and ending on a date to be fixed by the mediator-arbitrator, which date shall not be earlier than January 31, 1993 or later than January 31, 1994.

Collective agreement binding for extended term

(2) 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 I of the Canada Labour Code or in the agreement, and Part I of that Act applies in respect of the agreement, as so amended, as if that period were the term of the agreement.

Strikes and lockouts prohibited

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

(a) no employer shall declare or cause a lockout against the union;

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

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


Mediator-arbitrator

Appointment of mediator-arbitrator

Duties

(2) The mediator-arbitrator shall, within ninety days after the mediator-arbitrator’s appointment or such longer period as the Minister may allow,

(a) endeavour to mediate all the matters referred to in subsection (1) and to bring about agreement between the union and the employer on those matters;

(b) if the mediator-arbitrator is unable to bring about agreement in respect of any such matter, hear the union and the employer on the matter, arbitrate the matter and render a decision in respect thereof; and

(c) report to the Minister on the resolution of all such matters.

Powers

(3) The mediator-arbitrator has, with such modifications as the circumstances require,

(a) for the purposes of the mediation referred to in paragraph (2)(a), all the powers of a conciliation commissioner under section 84 of the Canada Labour Code; and

(b) for the purposes of the arbitration referred to in paragraph (2)(b), all the powers and duties of an arbitrator under sections 60 and 61 of that Act.

Form of decision

(4) The decision of the mediator-arbitrator in respect of any matter arbitrated by the mediator-arbitrator shall be set out in such form as will enable the decision to be incorporated into the collective agreement in accordance with section 9.

Incorporation in collective agreement

9. When the mediator-arbitrator reports to the Minister pursuant to subsection 8(2), the collective agreement shall be deemed to be amended by the incorporation therein of any amendments agreed to by the union and the employer pursuant to the mediation and any decision of the mediator-arbitrator in respect of a matter arbitrated by the mediator-arbitrator, and the agreement, as so amended, constitutes a new collective agreement that shall be deemed to have effect on and after February 1, 1991.


Amendment Of Collective Agreement

Parties may amend collective agreement

10. Nothing in this Act shall be construed so as to limit or restrict 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

11. (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 more than $50,000, where the individual was acting in the capacity of an officer or representative of an employer or the union when the offence was committed; or

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

Offence by employer or union

(2) Where an 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 more than $100,000.

Presumption

12. For the purposes of enforcement proceedings under this Act, the employer and the union are deemed to be persons.

Construction

13. For greater certainty, nothing in this Act shall be construed so as to restrict a person from raising a defence of due diligence in a prosecution for an offence under this Act.


Coming Into Force

Coming into force

Schedule

(Section 3)

Cargill Limited

Manitoba Pool Elevators

Parrish & Heimbecker Limited

Richardson Terminals Limited

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool

United Grain Growers Limited


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