Message from the President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference concerning the accidental death of CPRail locomotive engineer Lonnie Plasko

    MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - "We are all shocked and saddened by the
accidental death of our Union Brother Lonnie Plasko, who did not survive a
tragic train derailment in Trail, B.C. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Plasko family during this time, as well as our Brothers who were injured in
this tragic accident, said Daniel J. Shewchuk, President of Teamsters Canada
Rail Conference (TCRC)."
    At this time the Union will not be making any further detailed statements
on the accident or any of the circumstances surrounding it, as there is a full
investigation presently being conducted. Our concern right now is ensuring
that the Plasko family and the remainder of the local Union members are cared
for and supported in every way possible. Our hearts go out to them all, and we
are once again reminded that the lives of the workers in the rail industry and
their families can very quickly be changed forever.
    "We thank the media in advance for respecting the need of the affected
family members for privacy in this time of sorrow and the great anxiety felt
by all workers."

    The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference represents more than 10 000 members
in the rail industry. TCRC is affiliated with Teamsters Canada and the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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