VIA Contract Negotiations

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and VIA Rail met last week with the Federal Conciliators.

 


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2015 TCRC Bylaws

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 Office.

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CP Rail’s notice of intent to withdraw from CROA and the TCRC response
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.

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International Western Convention
Canada is a huge part of the IWC heritage and sadly this will be the last one.

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CP Rail alleged to have breached safety protocols
“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.

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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.

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TCRC participates in a town hall meeting on rail safety
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.

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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.

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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.

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Emergency Directive   
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.

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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.

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A CN conductor lost his life at a Saskatoon rail yard
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the conductor who died in this tragic accident,” declared Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Vice President, Roland Hackl.

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Exclusive: CN Rail derailment numbers soared before recent crashes
Doug Finnson, president of a Teamsters union representing CN Rail's train crews, said he was particularly concerned with the recent Ontario derailments.

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Gogama derailment: Fix tracks or slow trains down, union says
Doug Finnson, president of the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, which represents CN workers, said the crew likely saw a massive fireball behind them as the cars derailed.

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Investigation progress update - Gogama
Investigation progress update - Derailment and fire of second Canadian National crude oil train near Gogama, ON.

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