CALGARY, July 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
(TSX/NYSE: CP) announced today it will be asking the Superior Court of
Quebec to stay a July 14, 2014 decision by the Canadian Railway Office
of Arbitration (CROA), which ruled a locomotive engineer, who consumed
cocaine at a time and of a quantity which could impact his duties, must
CP also announced it will be appealing the agency's order to the
Superior Court of Quebec asking it to overturn the decision.
The CROA decision stems from an incident in December, 2012 in which the
crew, operating a freight train, committed a serious rules violation.
The crew was drug tested following the incident and the arbitrator
found that the results indicated that the engineer had consumed
cocaine. Nevertheless, the arbitrator ordered that the employee be
"The Arbitrator's decision is an outrage and, as a railroader, I am
appalled we would be forced to place this employee back in the cab of a
locomotive. On my watch, this individual will not operate a
locomotive," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer.
"The decision sets a dangerous precedent and is grossly unacceptable
for the safe operation of a railway."
Harrison said CP has a vigorous zero-tolerance drug and alcohol program,
but companies in Canada are limited under Canadian law as random drug
and alcohol testing is prohibited.
"This decision highlights the need for further public debate regarding
the rights of an individual when employed in positions involving the
safety of the public. Companies in Canada need the ability to carry-out
random drug tests as safety should trump the rights of any individual
who makes the dangerous choice to place themselves, their coworkers and
the general public at risk," said Harrison, who noted railroads in the
United States are required by Federal law to perform random drug tests.
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in
Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports,
including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a
competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of
the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of
freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain
expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.
SOURCE: Canadian Pacific
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