VIA voting packages are in the mail and should be
arriving soon. If you haven’t received one by August 28, please contact
your General Chairman. For ease of reference, the FMCS Recommendations
are attached here...
Attached is an electronic copy of the updated and approved TCRC
Bylaws in both official languages. Printed copies will be
distributed in due course to each Division, GC office, and PLB
TCRC Information Bulletin - Harper Targets
This is another step in the concerted attack on labour and its political allies by the Harper government, which has used back-to-work legislation to prevent work stoppages after collective bargaining stalled at Air Canada, Canada Post and Canadian Pacific Railway.
CP dealing with coal train derailment near
A Canadian Pacific Railway freight train carrying coal has derailed near the south-eastern British Columbia community of Sparwood.
CIRB Decision - Union Leave At CP
Please see the attached award from the CIRB that we received today regarding Union Leave and our complaint following our legal work stoppage. As you will read, the CIRB found that the employer did breach section 94(1)(a) of the Code.
Consultation Took 15 Years
The Department of Labour after fifteen years’ worth of consultation is revising workplace safety regulations for thousands of railway employees threatened with hearing loss. The Canada Labour Code amendments will cost railways up to $18 million, by official estimate.
CP Rail’s notice of intent to withdraw from CROA and the TCRC
We further note that the CPR, pursuant to (and including without limiting all applicable references) Articles 36 (LE East and West); Articles 80 (CTY East and West); and Article 35 (RTC), within each of the respective TCRC Collective Agreements remains contractually obligated to refer or accept the referral of any grievances to CROA&DR involving our Union for final disposition in accordance with Sections 56 and 57 of the Canada Labour Code.
International Western Convention
Canada is a huge part of the IWC heritage and sadly this will be the last one.
CP Rail alleged to have breached safety
“It seems like it’s a ‘work now and grieve later’ situation in terms of a rule and regulation, and that’s alarming to me,” said Doug Finnson, the president of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union that represents CP workers. “It’s particularly alarming given a train in the mountains. It’s not like it’s in Moose Jaw, Sask.,” he said.
Transport Canada raids CP headquarters
"Any member who doesn't comply with an order from their supervisor, they run the very real risk of a hard disciplinary response, anything up to and including dismissal," said Greg Edwards, general chairman of the Teamsters Canada Railway Conference, which represents CP engineers.
TCRC participates in a town hall meeting on
Rail Safety First and our goals are similar, explained Don Ashley. We’ve made representations to the Federal government and we’ve launched campaigns about rail safety to raise awareness in the population.
CP Rail training more office workers to
operate trains in case of strike
"We are asking everyone who is physically able to become a qualified conductor and engineer," said CEO Hunter Harrison, after the company's annual general meeting in Calgary on Thursday.
State of the Union
Given all of the circumstances we find ourselves in at this critical time, the entire Executive Board believes it is time to provide each of you with an explanation as to the state of the Union.
Please find enclosed a new Emergency Directive for all companies concerning Rail Transportation of Dangerous Goods, as well as a Notice to Rescind the Emergency Directive that was issued to certain companies on February 16, 2015 and March 26, 2015.
Minister Leitch appoints arbitrator
On April 20, 2015, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, appointed the Honourable George W. Adams as the mediator/arbitrator between the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.