(5) That, recognizing the necessity for providing reasonable methods for deciding controversies or grievances, both parties agree to the appointment of a Board of Arbitration, to be selected as follows: -
Two representing the manufacturers.
Two representing the union.
One to be selected by the arbiters so chosen.
(6) That the expenses incidental to the Board of Arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties to this agreement.
(7) That the decision of the Board of Arbitration or a majority thereof shall be final and binding upon both parties.
(8) That any employee feeling himself aggrieved shall present his complaint to the shop steward, who shall take the matter up for adjustment with the shop superintendent. In the event that they are not able to agree, the shop steward shall report the matter to a representative of the union, who in turn shall take the matter up with a representative of the employer. In event that these two are unable to agree on an adjustment, the grievance shall then be presented to the Board of Arbitration within three days.
In order that the presentation and adjustment of these grievances cause as little confusion as possible, it is hereby agreed that the time for presenting grievances to the shop steward and by him to the shop superintendent, and for the . adjustment of these grievances, shall be after the regular working hours, which end at 5 p. m. on week days and 12 o'clock on Saturdays. Exception is made, however, in such emergency cases as require immediate action.
(9) That the members of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers agree to operate preferential Union Shops. When additional workers are needed, application will be made to the union. If the union is unable, within forty-eight hours, to supply such satisfactory workers as are needed, the manufacturers shall then be privileged to secure such workers as they can. Non-union workers who are employed under this provision are subject to joining the union within a reasonable time.
(10) That in the case of new workers being employed, two weeks will be considered a probationary period, if the new workers are regularly employed in the trade. In case of apprentices or workers taken from other trades, the probationary period will be four weeks.'
(11) That it is understood that the power of discharge will be exercised by the employers with justice and with due regard for the reasonable rights of the employees. If an employee feels that he has been unjustly discharged, he may appeal to the Board of Arbitration which shall have the power to review and decide such cases. By request of the union representatives, the discharge shall be delayed until the Board of Arbitration hears the case.
(12) That whenever an employee shall absent himself from work without giving an acceptable reason to the employer, upon the second business day of his absence, the employer may consider his position forfeited. In case of absence, a reason therefor must be promptly given to the foreman or company representative by messenger, mail or telephone.
(13) That workers who are absent on account of sickness shall be reinstated in their former positions within a reasonable time if proper notification is given to the Company.
(14) That changes of workers from one operation or department to another may be made by the employer, provided that the individual worker does not suffer through such changes.
(15) That on or about January 15th and July 15th of each year representatives of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers and representatives of the Union shall meet to determine the wage scale, which is to apply in the shops of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers as specified below. This scale of wages shall remain in force and effective until adjusted as prescribed below. The wage-scale is to be determined in conference within one month after the meeting and it is to be ready for publication on February 15th and August 15th of each year. In view of the nature of the wholesale clothing trade which makes it necessary for the manufacturers to price their goods and sell them at a considerable period before they are put into manufacture, it is hereby agreed that the scale of wages which is thus determined on or before February 15th, shall become effective on June 1st following, and remain in force until November 30th, following.
The wage scale determined on or before August 15th shall become effective on December 1st following and remain in force until May 31st of the next year.
It is expressly provided that the wage scale committee, which will consist of an equal number of representatives of the Associated Clothing Manufacturers and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, appointed by these respective bodies, shall meet to determine the wage scale which shall be effective until May 31st, 1920. One-half of the increase determined by this new wage scale shall apply from September 1st, 1919, and the full amount shall apply from November 1st, 1919. In case this scale should not be determined until some date later than the dates specified above, it will, when determined, be retroactive to those dates in the proportions specified. In case of a disagreement in the determination of the wage scale, the matter is to be referred to the Board of Arbitration.
(16) That, the matter of regulating the outside contract shops is to be left to the Board of Arbitration with the following recommendations: -
(1) That outside contract shops be regulated so as to comply with the health regulations of the city and the province.
(2) That a committee composed of representatives of the union and representatives of the employers in equal numbers, be appointed to investigate and regulate the outside contract shops.
(3) Should they be unable to agree, the matter will be referred to the Board of Arbitration for adjustment.
(17) That it is agreed by the union that the manufacturers shall have the right to take into its employ as many returned soldiers as it can absorb and that it shall have the privilege of developing workers through the apprenticeship system on a basis to be determined by the representatives of the manufacturers and the union. In the event of disagreement, then it shall be submitted to the Board of Arbitration for decision.