Teamsters strike action against Canadian National could be taken as
early as this coming Saturday
LAVAL, QC, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Strike action against Canadian
National could be taken as early as this coming Saturday.
Since a recent meeting held between the parties, the union arrived at
the conclusion that the rail carrier has no intention of abiding by the
current collective agreement, namely with respect to fatigue
management. It is thereby forcing the TCRC to issue a strike notice.
"With its attitude, CN is endangering the lives of our members as well
as the Canadian public," warns Roland Hackl, chief negotiator for the
union. "It's something we cannot tolerate!"
"CN workers ensure the transportation of hazardous substances and there
are trains that cross the entire country through many communities,"
adds the unionist. "It takes only seconds of distraction for a
derailment to occur. Our people are fatigued and need the rest that the
agreements provide for. "
The tentative agreement reached by the TCRC and CN last fall was
rejected by 61% of the train conductors, trainmen and traffic
coordinators who took part in a vote. Voter turnout was under 50%
which is pretty typical in these votes.
By violating the terms and conditions of the collective agreement, CN
has also triggered anger among the workers.
"A collective agreement is a legal contract binding two parties," adds
Mr. Hackl. "The employer can't justify hundreds of violations a day by
claiming bad weather. Our members have told us that they are under the
impression that the employer has chosen to disregard what was
negotiated in good faith by the parties."
The TCRC still hopes to reach an agreement before the deadline. However,
for that to be possible, the employer will need to be willing to
bargain in good faith. The employer demanding a status quo agreement
allowing continued violations of the agreements or they will shut down
the entire railway and leaving the table after five minutes was not a
The Teamsters Union 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.
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SOURCE: Teamsters Canada
For further information:
Nathalie Mayer, Communications department
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Stephane Lacroix, Director of the Communications department