As noted above, to protect the claim or claim within the required time frame, please respect the right of UTU representatives to file and pursue claims and claims for and on behalf of the employee they represent. We must all work together to protect our agreements by filing and processing claims and complaints within the time limit. In the debate about the management of cases of maladministration, it is important to recognize that there are different types of complaints. As a general rule, any complaint from members about wage rates, rules and working conditions is generally referred to as a complaint. Any claim resulting from the application of specific provisions of the collective agreement is generally dealt with by the time application procedure imposed on your land by the contract or the practice of the work plan in force on your basic employment contract or on the duration of your employment contract. Complaints arising from the provisions of the Act, such as the Hours of Service Act or the Interstate Commerce Act, are also complaints, but must be dealt with in a different way, simply because their basis lies in the legislation, not the collective agreement. In most cases, these types of complaints must be implemented by the relevant regulatory authority and remain outside the scope of time request procedures and adjudication under the Railway Works Act. The question sometimes arises as to how to count the days to determine whether the parties have met deadlines or not. For example, what is the number one day when a yard employee starts his service on 1 1:00 p.M., July 1st and the violation of the agreement will take place on 1:00 A.M, July 2? Similarly, when is the last day a carrier can respond? Is it the date the letter was sent or the date it was received? To be safe, you should count both the first and last day of the deadlines. Going back to the history of railway work, we find that in the late 1800s, railway workers were engaged in fierce struggles for agreements that would prevent the railways from acting arbitrarily and whimsically. The workers tried to abolish patronage in the task and eventually established the principle of seniority in the railway industry. To protect craft rights, employees also fought for and obtained a scope rule.
Today`s railway workers have a responsibility to preserve these principles. For example, when a carrier violates the rules of service or scope, railway workers are required to file a time fee not for the purpose of increasing the compensation of owners, but to assert their contractual rights.