Sisters & Brothers, This page is dedicated to providing TCRC members
updates during negotiations. Updates will be posted here as they
2019 CN Conductor Train-person Yard-person
Letter from President L Isaak (CN CTY Tentative Agreement)
Finally, and most importantly I want to acknowledge the
contribution of our entire membership. To our members that do not
belong to the CN CTY, but chose to join the picket lines in support,
Thank you! To our CN members who picketed night and day, your
strength and solidarity was paramount in this round of bargaining.
The media interviews by the Division officers and strike captains
were incredible, Bravo! I’m immensely proud of all our TCRC members,
your hard work was truly inspirational.
CN Negotiation Update 15
26 November 2019 - Brothers and Sisters;Your Union Negotiating
Committee is happy to announce negotiations of a Memorandum of
Settlement has been concluded. We will forward the details as
quickly as possible.
Return to Work Protocol
The parties agree to an orderly return to work of employees on
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 06:00 local start time in each
location, and recognizing the employees must report fir and well
rested, the parties that information as to their excepted time of
call, or their expected on duty time, must be made available to the
employees in advance so they can properly prepare for their return
Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement with CN, Ending Strike
November 26, 2019 – After a weeklong strike, the Teamsters and
Canadian National (CN) have reached a tentative agreement to renew
the collective agreement for over 3,000 conductors, trainpersons and
Normal operations at CN will resume tomorrow
at 0600 local time across Canada.
Teamsters Release Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to
November 25, 2019 – Teamsters Canada today released a recording of a
CN supervisor, a chief rail traffic controller (RTC), ordering a
fatigued conductor to continue working for several hours.
The chief RTC ignored pleas from the conductor, a railroader with
over 30 years experience, that he and the locomotive engineer are
too fatigued and are unfit to operate a train. The workers had
notified CN hours earlier of their need to be relieved by another
crew and to rest. The conductor ultimately did not move the train
and was suspended for 14 days without pay as a result.
Negotiation Update #14
November 2019 - Brothers and Sisters; Your Union Negotiating team
continues its attempts to actively bargain with CN, we are currently
awaiting CN’s response on our update proposal. There is no progress
we can report at this time.
We have issued a press release to
the public which emphasizes our struggle with the Company’s refusal
to acknowledge that our members get fatigued at work.
CN Rail workers take safety concerns to Sask. legislature
visit to the legislature by about 150 rail workers hasn't changed
the stance of the Saskatchewan government that the CN Rail strike
should be ended through legislation or binding arbitration "if there
is a need."
The workers were in Regina for a
100th anniversary celebration of CN Rail but gathered at the
legislative building Monday to raise concerns about safety and
Negotiation Update #13
November 2019 - Sisters and Brothers, As you may be aware, CN has
issued several “labour negotiations updates” over the last few days.
While not surprizing, nevertheless we are disappointed
someone has resorted to bargaining in public and attempting to
create discontent in the Union. Their update is self-serving
propaganda. Some actors within CN have a long history of not acting
November 23rd 2019 - Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Canada
President Captian Tim Perry and Chris Tho joined TCRC PLBO Chairman
Russ Archibald and Vice General Chairman Ed Page on the picket line
today in Brampton Ontario.
The ALPA members brought their
support and pizza for our members. Thier show of solidarity was
uplifting to CTY members who have been on the picket line for 5
days. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference would like to thank
Brother Perry and Brother Tho for coming out to support our fight
Propane Shortage Appears Largely Manufactured by CN
Montréal, November 22, 2019 – The widely reported propane
shortage in Ontario and Québec appears to be largely manufactured by
Canadian National Railway (CN).
Despite the strike by
members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), over 1,800
locomotive engineers and over 600 supervisors are free to cross
picket lines and continue to operate freight trains every day. The
fact that these trains are not transporting propane is a business
decision by CN.
Some of the outstanding issues include safety, fatigue, time off
provisions and lifetime caps on benefits. While seeking these
concessions, CN posted 3.8 billion in revenue for the third
quarter of 2019.
Striking CN workers say they want more rest between shifts — not
a pay raise
the Star: CALGARY— If Daniel Walter wasn’t walking a picket line
in Calgary, he might be at home with his wife. Or unexpectedly
rushing to a job.
The life of a railroad worker is one of incredible uncertainty,
according to three Calgary-based conductors on strike. All said they
work on a constant “on-call” basis. Within two hours of receiving a
call from their supervisor, they need to be at their assigned train
— no matter the time of day or night.
Strike Begins at CN
Unfortunately, we were unable to reach a deal with CN. The
company remains unwilling to address our member’s heath & safety
issues. As a result, CTY members at CN will be on strike at the
- 01:01 Atlantic Time 19 November 2019
- 00:01 Eastern Time 19 November 2019
- 23:01 Central Time 18 November 2019
- 22:01 Mountain Time 18 November 2019
- 21:01 Pacific Time 18 November 2019
When we have more details we will share them with the members on
Group Benefits Program During CN Strike
to the existing situation at CN RAIL, your Union Executive have
retained Canadian Benefits to provide a Health and Welfare claim
service for Members and their dependents covering certain
emergency services. Please read the following carefully.
Fighting for Rail Safety, Teamsters Serve Strike Notice to CN
Montréal, November 16, 2019 – Given a lack of progress at the
bargaining table, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC)
last night served notice of intent to strike to Canadian
National Railway (CN). The union hopes to reach a negotiated
settlement that its members can ratify, and to move forward
without a service disruption.
Update #12 - Benefits & AV During a Strike or Lock-Out
This letter is to inform the membership that, during a legal
strike, your day to day benefits are not covered by the
Company’s benefit plans. Should it be necessary, the TCRC has
purchased emergency coverage from an outside source to cover any
unexpected emergency claims during this period.
Teamsters at CN Could Strike as Early as November 19
Montréal, October 28, 2019 – Members of the Teamsters Canada
Rail Conference (TCRC) at Canadian National (CN) could go on
strike as early as Tuesday, November 19 at 0001.
The instructions to members and officers contained in this
circular are intended for use in preparation for a strike and to
govern the conduct of a strike in the event the TCRC CTY is
forced by CN Rail to withdraw our services.
Further to Negotiation Update #9, we have been meeting with the
Company in Montreal, with the assistance of four (4) Federally
appointed Mediation Officers. We are no closer to a memorandum
of agreement. The issues as reported in previous Negotiating
Updates remain unchanged; the Company is still perusing
significant changes to Conductor Only and has refused to
consider our demands for improvements in wages, benefits and
work rules, your work life balance.
Further to Negotiation Update #8, we met with the Company in
Montreal, for four (4) days commencing November 04, with the
assistance of two (2) Federally appointed Mediation Officers. We
had made what we thought was significant progress during the
week, but in the end the Company broke off the talks and we seem
to be no closer to a memorandum of agreement. The issues as
reported in previous Negotiating Updates remain unchanged; the
Company is still perusing significant changes to Conductor Only
and has refused to consider our demands for improvements in
wages, benefits and work rules.
Further to Negotiation Update #7, we met with the Company in
Montreal, for four (4) days commencing October 22, with the
assistance of two (3) Federally appointed Mediation Officers and
again have been unable to make any significant progress.