Critical Incident Research

This is not an employer study it is a study that is being funded and is sanction by the TCRC. The results of this study will hopefully improve what the railways offer our members.

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Notice from the Election Supervisor
This is to let you know that the period to request and mail ballots is closed.
No ballots will be mailed.
 


Date to request a ballot has been extended to Dec 12th
Considering the comments received, and Considering the number of issues, I therefore extend the delay to mail new or replacement ballots to Friday December 12, 2014.

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To All TCRC Members
I have been informed that there had been an error made during the printing/mailing of the ballot packages that were mailed last week.

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Negotiations with CP at a standstill
“The negotiations have stalled because we think the employer isn’t committed,” explains Doug Finnson, chief negotiator for the TCRC. “They want significant concessions, a dramatic increase in working hours out of each employee, provide less rest hours, and within an industry plagued by fatigue already.”

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Proposed Maintenance of Activities
Although the Union agrees and shares the optimism of CN as expressed by CN Spokesperson, Mr. Mark Hallman (re: his recent public comments) that a Memorandum of Settlement could be reached within the next few weeks we believe it is prudent however to resolve the Maintenance of Activities requirement at this time.

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Negotiations with CN: a new conflict management mechanism is put to the test
“It is time to change the negotiation template, as the tense atmosphere that hung over the previous talks did not serve anyone's interests”, says Rex Beatty, president of the Rail Conference. “And if we fail to come to an agreement, my union proposes a new mechanism for resolving conflicts without a work stoppage.”  

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Transport Minister Lisa Raitt must add inspectors on the ground
Teamsters Canada President Robert Bouvier pointedly said, “We don’t need more paper pushers. What we need is dozens of inspectors who will make sure that the regulations are consistently applied everywhere and at all times.”

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Update on Part II Amendments
This email deals with the coming into force of the Amendments to Part II of the Canada Labour Code. The changes come into force on October 31, 2014 and the following email contains links to information regarding the changes and to the new IPG’s written or revised to deal with the changes.

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In Memory of Brother Ronald Arthur Bennett
He was very passionate in his beliefs in working hard for those less fortunate as evidenced in his union work.

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Teamsters launch a television ad campaign on rail safety
“We want to send a clear message to the federal government: we need more inspectors on the track,” explains Robert Bouvier.

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Railway risks: Volume, infrastructure and fatigue
Robert Smith, National Legislative Director at Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, joins Business Day to explain why he is concerned about growing volume on Canadian railways as well as aging infrastructure. He also says the industry is aware worker fatigue is worrisome, but doesn't want to address it.

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TCRC Critical Incident Research Project
Please find information relative to the Critical Incident Research Project that the TCRC has funded, in part, to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs that are in place at the railways at this time. Please forward this information to your membership for their information and files.

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