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'Profoundly disappointed': Pilots call new safety rules to address flight fatigue 'substandard'

Kathleen Harris, Hannah Thibedeau · CBC News · Posted: Dec 12, 2018 — Transport Canada has laid out stricter safety rules meant to ensure pilots are well rested and alert on the job, but Air Canada pilots say they're profoundly disappointed with the "substandard" regulations.

VIA Rail Selects Siemens Canada to Replace its Québec-Windsor Corridor Fleet

MONTRÉAL, Dec. 12, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that Siemens Canada was awarded a $989 million contract to build the 32 trainsets that will replace VIA Rail's fleet that operates in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.   


“Satin Flooring is putting 120 people out of work, just in time for Christmas,” said the president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte. “Their greed and carelessness, in this season of giving and solidarity, is sickening.” 

In Memory of Brother Pierre-Luc "Sune" Levesque

In Edmundston, December 4, 2018, Mr. Pierre-Luc ''Sune'' Levesque of Edmundston passed away as the result of a workplace accident at the age of 33 years. Born at Grand Falls in 1985, he was the son of Nelson and Helene (Allain) Levesque of Saint-Andre. Pierre-Luc was an employee of CN. 

Fatal Accident at CN Rail in Edmundston, NB

Edmundston, NB, December 4, 2018 – A Canadian National (CN) worker died following a workplace accident this morning in Edmundston, New Brunswick. The victim was a 33-year-old father of two and a member of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). He started working at CN in September as a conductor/foreman trainee. His name is not being released at this time.

Ottawa warns of dangerously exhausted train crews as Alberta ramps up oil-by-rail

An internal Transport Canada document warns of the safety risks posted by exhausted crew members on trains, even as Alberta pursues a plan to ratchet up already-booming shipments of oil-by-rail.

New NAFTA Offers Little Reason to Celebrate

Laval, QC, November 30, 2018 – Today’s signing of the new NAFTA offers Teamsters little reason to celebrate. American tariffs on steel and aluminum continue to actively harm hundreds of the union’s members. Dairy workers also remain under a cloud of uncertainty; their compensation package is being negotiated in secret between the federal government and big business.

The Yummiest Fatigue Fighter!

October 31, 2018 – Clinton Marquardt - Fatigue Specialist: For me, using caffeine as a fatigue prevention strategy or a fatigue countermeasure is a no-brainer. But for many people and organizations starting the journey into fatigue management, it takes a mental shift to see it the same as I do.  I think part of this comes from the tight link between caffeine and coffee.  Most people drink coffee for pleasure. So caffeine becomes synonymous with coffee. 


Be advised that an election is currently under way to elect some officers of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).  This election is taking place through the mail.  The ballots (with the election notice and the voting instructions) were mailed on November 26th.

In Memory of Brother TONY NENASHEFF

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel (5605, 27 Street, Vernon, BC) on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

CN's CanaPux pellets aim to take risks out of crude-by-rail transport

James Cairns, VP of Petroleum Products at CN, discusses their innovation, which could help with safer crude-by-rail transport.   

Fatal Accident at Canadian Pacific

Calgary, November 22, 2018 – A train conductor employed by Canadian Pacific (CP) died as the result of a workplace accident on Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on the CP rail tracks adjacent to 9th avenue in downtown Calgary. His union, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), has been advised that a Transport Canada investigation is ongoing.  

Video: Teamster Reps Testify on New Labour Protections

The Government of Canada announced new measures to better protect federally-regulated workers. The bill includes new paid emergency leave days, scheduling rights, equal pay for temps as well as casual workers, and much more. 

TCRC Mourns the passing of Brother George Hucker

Sisters and Brothers, It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the recent passing of Brother George Hucker, retired Locomotive Engineer and former International Vice President/National Legislative Representative International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (IBLE) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). 

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