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Letter from TCRC President Isaak (Duty and Rest Period Rules)

November 26, 2020 - Dear Sisters and Brothers,  As I’m sure most of you are now aware, Transport Canada released the Duty and Rest Period Rules late yesterday. After an initial review we were extremely disappointed and concerned with some of the content contained and issues that were completely overlooked or not addressed.

Teamsters Women and Leadership

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TCRC PRESIDENT’S REPORT

As the predicted second wave of the COVID pandemic is now upon us, I trust that all of you have taken the necessary precautions and continue with the Health Canada recommendations to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe and healthy. The TCRC continues to work together at all levels of our organization to protect our membership during this time and minimize the spread and impact of the pandemic. We have had some success in working together with the rail carriers, although we may not agree on every point, the common understanding is the importance of protecting our members. Although some of the rail carriers have relaxed the pandemic protocols (to our dismay), we will continue fighting to mitigate the risks to our member’s health and safety.

Lyndon Isaak letter to CN

Mr. Ruest, Over the past 3 months the TCRC has participated in semiweekly calls with your Vice Presidents from Safety and Transportation to discuss concerns and solutions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we developed protocols and safety measures to protect our members, your employees during this unprecedented health crisis. As a result of this co-operation, COVID infections were kept to a minimum and the potential for spread of the infection was greatly mitigated. Overall, the success in protecting our members was achieved through working together, perhaps we didn’t always agree completely, but we managed to attain the desired results. 

CRA increases flat rate amount for meal claims

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased the amount that employers can use to determine whether an overtime meal or allowance, or the meal portion of a travel allowance is taxable, from $17 to $23. The CRA has also increased the rate at which transport employees and other individuals can claim meal expenses, using the simplified method (a flat rate per person), from $17 to $23 per meal. These increases are effective immediately and retroactive to January 1, 2020.

Teamsters Canada Member Scholarship

TEAMSTERS CANADA SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: October 31st, 2020. Teamsters Canada is committed to furthering the well-being and quality of life of its members and of society. The purpose of this scholarship program is to offer financial aid to members so they can reach their career goals and get ahead in their lives.

Urgent need to protect transportation workers from COVID-19

From March 23, 2020 - Dear Prime Minister: Transportation workers are the backbone of our economy and are essential to delivering food and medical supplies across the country. It’s a job made even more crucial by the current crisis; you went as far as to thank “delivery folks, […] truck drivers, train conductors and so many others” during your press conference on Sunday.

Brother Bill Pitts Retires!

July 14th, 2020 - Brother Bill Pitts recently made his final run! Bill began working at CP 34 years ago and for 22 of those years He served the members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.

Support Brother Paulusse's Family

As you may have heard on June 15th 2020 Brother Dan Paulusse was involved in a tragic accident at work with CN Rail in Northern BC. Dan left behind his 14 year old daughter who he loved more than anything. This Go Fund Me account is for his daughter.      

Fatal Accident at CN in British Columbia

Laval, QC, June 16, 2020 – A Canadian National (CN) conductor was fatally injured yesterday afternoon while working just outside of a rail yard in Prince Rupert, B.C. The worker was a man in his thirties who had been with the company since 2018. His name is not being released.     

Fatal Accident at Greater Vancouver Terminal

Sadly, we received the news this morning that Brother Jasvinder Riar, while at work as a Yard Conductor in Thornton Yard in the Greater Vancouver Terminal, was fatally injured in the performance of his duties.     

Bombardier Members Ratify

TCRC members at Bombardier in Montreal and Toronto have ratified their new collective agreements.     

National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On April 28th, please join with us in remembering our brothers and sisters who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour the families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies. In addition to remembrance, we must all take this opportunity to renew our commitment to health and safety and continue the fight to end these senseless tragedies.     

Teamsters Canada Annual Report 2019

Sisters, brothers,  Due to government lockdowns across the country, we were unable to print and mail our 2019 annual report to members. We are releasing it on our website instead.    

CN Not Doing Enough to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks for Workers

Union officials are being overwhelmed with complaints from their members that adequate precautions are not being taken to protect the workers from the spread of COVID-19. The union is deeply concerned for the health, safety and well-being of front-line workers and action must be taken now.    

Tentative agreement with Bombardier

The agreement covers approximately 1000 members who operate, maintain, and provide customer services for the GO Transit and UP Express Networks in the Greater Toronto Area.    

Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement with Bombardier Transportation Montreal

Montréal, February 17, 2020 – On Thursday, February 13, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and Bombardier Transportation in Montreal reached a tentative agreement to renew the collective agreement for some 200 workers.   

Teamsters Urge Ottawa to Find Solution to Rail Blockades as 6,000 Rail Workers Could be Laid Off

Laval, QC, February 13, 2020 – Teamsters Canada, the country’s largest union in the transportation sector, is calling on the federal government to intervene to find a solution to the blockades which have paralyzed the country’s rail network. This comes as Canadian National (CN) begins to shut down its rail network, potentially putting up to 6,000 workers at CN and other rail companies out of work.   

Teamsters at CN Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Montréal, January 31, 2021 – Conductors, yard workers and trainpersons employed by Canadian National Railway (CN) have voted 91.3% to ratify a new 3-year collective agreement. The over 3,000 workers are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).   

Teamsters Call for Independent Police Investigation into Field Derailment

Montréal, January 27, 2020 – Following allegations of a cover-up by the Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) in relation to the Field derailment, the Teamsters are calling for an independent RCMP investigation into the deadly rail disaster. The union is also reiterating its call for the federal government to abolish corporate police forces.   

Food Bank Receives Hefty Donation From TCRC Members

CPR employees running the 2019 Holiday train pledged to donate their wages to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank back in December. Thursday morning it paid off as Bill Pitts, Kevin Ingalls, and Robert Dunlop from CPR stopped by the Food Bank to present a cheque worth $4,683.02.  

Change s to the Canada Labour Code

Significant amendments to the Canada Labor Code came into force on September 1, 2019. This paper summarizes the main changes now in effect. Please note these changes apply only to workers in federally regulated industries. If you do not know whether your employer is federally regulated, consult a union representative. 

Brother Kirk McLean GoFundMe

As everyone is aware brother Kirk Mclean tragically passed away on December 2nd while on duty. TCRC Division 320 has setup a GoFundMe to collect funds for Mrs. McLean and the McLean family to help ease their financial burden during this extremely difficult time. 

Thank You Sarnia

Sarnia and surrounding area, Most of you may know that the TCRC CN CTY representing approximately 3,200 conductors and traffic coordinators across Canada went on strike with CN Rail on November 19th, 2019.

CN Appears on the Verge of Closing its Montreal Rail Traffic Control Centre

Montreal, December 13, 2019 – Over the past several weeks, supervisors at Canadian National Railway (CN) have been telling workers that the company plans on relocating its rail traffic control centre in Montreal to Edmonton. Over 100 rail traffic controller (RTC) positions in Montreal are at risk.       

Death of engineer highlight’s union safety concerns

“Our hearts go out to the locomotive engineer’s family and everyone who worked with him,” Teamsters Canada president Lyndon Isaak says in a statement. “The rail industry is in crisis. We have lost 10 of our sisters and brothers over the past 24 months. It’s 10 too many.”      

Fatal Canadian Pacific Rail Accident in Port Coquitlam

Laval, QC, December 3, 2019 – A Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) locomotive engineer died last night in an accident at the company’s rail yard in Port Coquitlam, BC. This is the tenth member of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) to die on the job in 24 months.      

Strike Information

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.

Group Benefits Program During CN Strike

Due 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.

Brother Tyson Bilawchuk

Sisters & Brothers, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Tyson Bilawchuk. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference extends our sincere condolences to the Bilawchuk family, we share your loss. 

The TCRC Remembers

Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians. This year, in appreciation to all of our Veterans, the TCRC would like to remember and share the story of the heroic efforts of Private James Peter Robertson. 

Teamsters at CN Could Strike as Early as November 19

By Teamsters Canada  - 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 elections are over. Now the real work begins

By Teamsters Canada  - October 21, 2019  – Sisters, brothers, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Trudeau on behalf of our 125,000 members and wish him the best of luck. The elections may be over, but the real challenges are now ahead of him. Voters opted for a minority government, and my hope is that the Liberals will work with the NDP to move forward on progressive policies for Canadians.

Teamsters Canada Member Scholarship

The Teamsters Canada Member Scholarship was specifically created for eligible members who wish to continue their education in their current field or expand into a different industry. Our scholarships are meant to help our members afford tuition for post-secondary institutions and certificate programs.

Brother Ryan Campbell

On the morning of September 20, 2019, CP Rail Conductor Trainee Ryan Campbell, age 42, who is currently working out of Brandon, MB, was struck by a train travelling 25 MPH while detraining from a locomotive to perform switching in Estevan, SK.  Ryan has sustained serious injuries and will be unable to work for an extended period of time.  He is currently hospitalized with a broken pelvis, broken hip and broken ribs.  

CLC stands in solidarity with student-led Global Climate Strike

Students around the world are taking bold action to protect the planet, holding climate strikes every Friday, pushing for urgent and ambitious climate action to limit global warming.

Brother Bradford Eric "Brad" Wood

Sisters & Brothers, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Bradford Eric "Brad" Wood. Brother Wood served as Local Chairman for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Division 247 in Halifax, and rose to the position of General Chairman for the BLE for CN Lines East, serving until December 2000. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference extends our sincere condolences to the Wood family, we share your loss.

Brother Imraan Qamar

Tragically, Brother Qamar was fatally injured in the line of duty at CN MacMillan Yard in Toronto on Thursday August 15, 2019 at approximately 0200 hours.

BROTHER ROLAND HACKL APPOINTED VICE-CHAIR OF THE CIRB

Laval, QC, July 18, 2019 – Brother Roland Hackl has been appointed a Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) for a five-year term. The appointment was effective as of July 2.

TCRC Events

Sisters & Brothers, The National Office has added this events page to allow our members to get the word out. If you have a TCRC related event or fundraiser that you would like to promote on this page please contact the National Office with the details.

Teamsters Raise Over $1 Million in 2018 in Support of United Way Community Work

Being a Teamster is about more than negotiating collective agreements and taking care of grievances. It’s also about building up our communities and lending a hand to those in need. That’s why we’re proud to support United Way.

TEAMSTER LEADERS LAUD LIFTING OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY TARIFFS

Laval, QC, May 17, 2019 – Jim Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, made the following statements today on the lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

Brother Tyler Warren

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Tyler Warren. He passed away on May 14th after battling cancer for 5 years. A celebration of Tyler's life will take place on June 1st at 1pm.

CLC/UWCC Post-Secondary Scholarship

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On April 28th, please join with us in remembering our brothers and sisters who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour the families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies. In addition to remembrance we must all take this opportunity to renew our commitment to health and safety and continue the fight to end these senseless tragedies.  

National Day of Mourning 2019

This $2,500 scholarship is offered in recognition of the efforts of young workers across Canada who have demonstrated a commitment to positively impacting social and workplace issues in their community.  

Brother Andrew Dockrell's Celebration of Life

March 21, 2019 – Sisters and Brothers, Division 355 President Bill Merriman has informed us that there will be Celebration of Life in memory of Brother Andrew Dockrell on March 28th 2019.

Teamsters Canada Finds Trudeau Budget Lacking

Laval, QC, March 19, 2019 – Teamsters Canada President François Laporte released the following statement on the 2019 federal budget:
“Our union finds the 2019 federal budget lacking. The compensation package for the dairy industry contains nothing for dairy workers at risk of losing their jobs. Moreover, the government is lacking ambition on issues like pharmacare and retraining. 

Teamsters, Victims’ Families welcome Call for Inquiry into Ponton Derailment

Laval, QC, March 15, 2019 – The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the families of the victims of the Ponton Derailment are welcoming Manitoba MP Niki Ashton’s call for an inquiry into the causes of the incident. This follows a Transport Canada directive which found failures in how the employer handled the situation. The derailment killed a conductor and left a locomotive engineer with life altering injuries.      

Teamsters File For Intervenor Status in Support of Handbrake Order

Laval, QC, March 15, 2019 – The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) has filed for intervenor status to support the government’s order requiring the use of handbrakes when trains stop on a mountain grade after using their emergency braking system. Canada Pacific (CP), Canadian National (CN) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) are all seeking a review of this order.     

Member Survey - Work Rest Rules

March 13, 2019 – Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Work/Rest rules are currently under review. We believe the membership should have input on the TCRC’s position regarding hours of service, hence we have created a short survey designed to convey your opinions to the National office.

Fallen Brothers - Service Information

Brothers and Sisters, We would like to share service information for Brother Daniel Robert Waldenberger-Bulmer and Brother Dylan Paradis. We are not yet aware of service dates for Brother Andrew Dockrell. When we learn more we will share the details.

Teamsters Applaud Order to Use Train Handbrakes on Mountain Slopes

Calgary, February 8, 2019 – Teamsters are applauding Transport Canada’s order that all railway companies must use handbrakes when trains are stopped on a mountain grade after an emergency use of their air brakes. The order comes after a deadly Canadian Pacific (CP) train derailment between Field, BC and Calgary which cost the lives of three railroaders, all members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).

Laggan Relief Fund

Our thought and prayers go to our Brothers’ families and friends who are going through the most difficult of times. Below is a go fund me link to support our Brothers’ families.  Please join me, as many of you already have, in donating what you can. 

Major CP Derailment Leaves Three Railroaders Dead

Calgary, AB, February 4, 2019 – Three members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have died as a result of a major Canadian Pacific (CP) train derailment. The accident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Mountain Time between Field, BC and Calgary, AB.

 

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