Teamsters Union now represents the majority of workers at Canadian National Railways



    OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 3,000 Canadian National conductors,
trainmen, yardmen and yardmasters have decided to join the Teamsters Canada
Rail Conference (TCRC) by way of a Certification vote ordered by the Canadian
Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).
    The United Transportation Union (UTU) was representing these workers
until the vote ordered by the CIRB.
    The UTU, a Union on the decline for several years, was torn apart by
in-fighting and had already lost several thousand members to the Teamsters
Union. They have thus became the best option for representing the remaining
members who have been practically abandoned by their own Union.
    More than 95 % of the UTU members at CN voted in favour of joining the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
    TCRC President Dan Shewchuk said he was "extremely happy" with the
outcome of the voting process.
    "The situation previously being experience has favoured the employer, to
the detriment of the workers but that is now changing," said Shewchuk. "With
this most welcome addition, the Teamsters Union will represent over
16,000 workers in the rail industry and we are an unavoidable collective
bargaining partner for the two major rail carriers in Canada, Canadian
National and Canadian Pacific as well as the majority of the short lines in
Canada".
    Teamsters Canada President Robert Bouvier remarked that almost all crafts
in the rail industry will from now on be represented by his organization.
    "These workers have chosen us because they know that we have the
necessary resources and know-how to ensure their adequate representation," he
emphasized. "Our leading positions in the union movement, our active
participation and our devotion to our members have become a magnet for all
those who are poorly unionized or not unionized at all."
    With the addition of these workers from CN, Teamsters Canada's membership
has increased to 125,000 members. The Teamsters union is thus becoming the
major negotiating partner in the Canadian rail industry.




For further information:

For further information: Dan Shewchuk, President, TCRC, (780) 720-9008;
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada, (514)
609-5101; www.teamsters.ca


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