The Teamsters are gearing up for a battle to ensure the safety of
Canadians and rail workers…
MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference (TCRC), which represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen,
yardmen and traffic coordinators at Canadian National (CN), are gearing
up for a fight with the railway company.
The Teamsters Union offered to continue conciliation, which ended on
October 7. Unfortunately, CN's management rejected the union's proposal
and as a result, there could be a strike or a lockout on October 28.
"We're extremely disappointed by CN's refusal (to extend the mediation
period)," said TCRC spokesperson Roland Hackl. "The railway uses an old
tactic: pointing a gun to its workers' heads to force them to make
What these concessions would mean is that CN workers would be required
to work longer hours with less rest time in between trips, which flies
in the face of scientific research on fatigue management.
In July, CN CEO Claude Mongeau said that railways had to make safety
their "number one priority." However, the employer's demands seems to
contradict this statement, and now Teamsters are having to gear up for
a fight to ensure the safety of Canadians and rail workers.
"CN's managers have to walk the walk and talk the talk; they have to
understand that people are not machines and that you should never place
profits before people," added the union spokesperson.
The railway's profits are projected to hit $3 billion this year.
The collective agreement expired July 22. Wages and the retirement plan
are not the central issues in this bargaining round.
The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE: Teamsters Canada
For further information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications
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