CALGARY, July 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, CP Rail CEO Hunter Harrison viciously attacked a member of the Teamsters Union. The rail executive angrily lashed out following the decision to reinstate a member of the Teamsters Union who had failed a drug-screening test, having tested positive.
CP announced its intention to apply to the court to reverse the arbitrator's decision ordering the locomotive engineer's reinstatement, calling the arbitrated decision "outrageous!"
Given the confidential nature of the information involved in this matter, the Teamsters Union will not disclose specific details on the case. However, it considers CP CEO's attack unjustified and unprecedented.
"If the American CEO at CP prefers American laws, and doesn't believe in the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canadian Law, that is one thing. Singling out one of our Teamsters members with his unacceptable criticisms is another. We will continue to support our members and we reject any personal attacks by the CEO," explained Doug Finnson, Vice-President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
Vice President Finnson further added: "The safety concerns of the CP workers include the chronic affects of fatigue, and the ongoing failure of CP to provide the rest provisions within the Collective Agreement. If CP wants to stop violating the workers rights to rest after a 10-hour workday, then let's get that done. It affects 4000 workers right now, every day."
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
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