The Canada Industrial Relations Board is inviting the public to file submissions in the matter of the Canada Labour Code



    OTTAWA, Jan. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Industrial Relations Board is
inviting the public to file submissions in the matter of the Canada Labour
Code (Part I - Industrial Relations) and a referral by the Minister of Labour
to the Canada Industrial Relations Board pursuant to section 87.4(7) involving
the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 279.
    The Minister of Labour, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, has requested that
the Canada Industrial Relations Board determine the action, if any, that is
required in order for the employer, the union and the employees in the
bargaining unit to comply with section 87.4(1) during a work stoppage.
    Section 87.4(1) of the Canada Labour Code provides that: "During a strike
or lockout not prohibited by this Part, the employer, the trade union and the
employees in the bargaining unit must continue the supply of services,
operation of facilities or production of goods to the extent necessary to
prevent an immediate and serious danger to the safety or health of the
public."
    Keeping this criterion in mind, members of the public have an opportunity
to provide a written explanation as to why they think this obligation is or is
not being met during the current work stoppage involving the City of Ottawa
(OC Transpo) and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 279.
    Submissions must provide specific details in support of the statements
being made and must be limited to the issue raised in this notice. They must
also include the name and contact information of the person making the
submission. Please note that all submissions received will be transmitted to
the employer and the trade union for their review and comment.
    Submissions may be sent to the Canada Industrial Relations Board as
follows:

    
    - by email at octranspo-atu@cirb-ccri.gc.ca
    - by fax at 613-941-4461
    - by regular mail or by hand at the following address:
           Canada Industrial Relations Board, Regional Director
           C.D. Howe Building, 4th Floor West, 240 Sparks Street
           Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0X8
    

    Please note that all written submissions must be received at the Canada
Industrial Relations Board no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2009.




For further information:

For further information: Ginette Brazeau, Executive Director and Senior
Registrar, 1-800-575-9696

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