Fonds RBSC-ARC-1558 - Transport Labour Relations fonds

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Transport Labour Relations fonds

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4.2 m of textual records

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Transport Labour Relations or TLR was a management bargaining agency formed to provide labour relations services to employers in British Columbia. It was an accredited employers' association governed by B.C.'s Labour Code. Originally incorporated in 1960 as the Automotive Transport Labour Relations Association, the association was renamed Transport Labour Relations in 1971. Thirteen years later in 1984 the association was dissolved.

As stated in its constitution, TLR was created to negotiate and conclude labour agreements with trade unions or other labour organizations. In order to carry out this mandate it formulated policies with respect to labour relations, collected information on matters pertaining to labour relations on behalf of its members, assisted and advised its members on matters pertaining to labour relations, processed grievances and arbitrations on behalf of its members where the dispute was of industry-wide importance and initiated and maintained liaison with other industries and employers' associations.

TLR at one time represented over 170 members ranging from major transportation companies to building supply stores and propane distributors. Its particular expertise was in negotiations with B.C.'s fifth largest union - the Teamsters. It negotiated and administered nine industry wide collective agreements with the Teamsters and two smaller agreements with the Machinists and the Operating Engineers covering small groups of employees in some of their member companies.

An elected Board of Directors governed the TLR. Each member of the Board was a volunteer drawn from the various industry groupings. The Board met every two months to set direction, goals and policy. Day to day operations were under the direction of the General Manager. The first president of TLR was E.A. Tilton, succeeding ATLRA Mal Pringle. The first chief negotiator was Carl Ansheim, followed by Dave Chapman, Ken Albertini and David Thomas as President and Chief Negotiator. Vern Kross was the last president of TLR.

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The fonds consists of records relating to the organization of and labour relations activities of Transport Labour Relations and its predecessor, the Automotive Transport Relations Association (1960-1984). Records include minutes of the Board of Directors, briefs, reports, agreements (both proposed and ratified), legal documentation, and correspondence.

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The records are arranged into the following series: Accreditations and certifications (1960-1983), Annual general membership meetings (1974-1981), Board of Directors meetings - minutes (1971-1984), Briefs and submissions (1977-1983), Grievances (1977-1978), Negotiations (1962-1964), Policies and procedures (1960-1984), Task force (1979-1981), Winding up documentation (1981-1984) and Correspondence (1965-1984).

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Finding aid created by Ann Carroll in December 1992, and converted from PDF to AtoM by Ashlynn Prasad in April 2020.

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