MONTREAL, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference (TCRC) filed an application for certification with the Canada
Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on behalf of approximately 2,500 conductors
employed by the Canadian National Railway.
The conductors and trainmen are currently represented by the United
Transportation Union (UTU).
"UTU members have made it loud and clear. They want to belong to the same
labour body as CN's locomotive engineers. We feel that we are obviously their
best choice as we work side by side in the cab of the locomotive and represent
a large portion of all rail workers," stated TCRC President Dan Shewchuk.
Furthermore, decisions made by the UTU's officers in the United States
have motivated Canadian UTU members to join the Teamsters.
"The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is an autonomous body within the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. UTU members are aware of that and are
very happy to be joining our ranks. They will finally have the ability to
regain control of their union," added Shewchuk.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference currently represents CN and CP
locomotive engineers and rail traffic controllers as well as CP's conductors
and trainmen and Maintenance of Way Employees.
The CIRB will make its decision known within the next few weeks.
For further information:
For further information: Info: Dan Shewchuk, (613) 235-1828