Labor peace with 3 per cent annual increases, expensive outsourcing
curtailed, increased benefits, a commitment to maintaining track and
safety for workers and public living near lines
OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Teamsters Canada is delighted to announce
a 5-year labor deal with CP Rail that will help increase the company's
efficiencies and lower their operating ratio; while at the same time
protecting maintenance workers' jobs and providing a 15 per cent
increase in wages over the life of the contract. This is an historic
deal for these Teamster members with undeniable benefits for CP Rail.
"Bargaining this time was much different than in years prior," says
William Brehl, president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference,
Maintenance of Way Employees Division. "Not only were talks more civil,
but the company used a conscience as well as a calculator. We have
brokered an agreement for labor peace which allows the company
flexibility, while greatly enhancing the quality of life for our
Brehl's division represents more than 2,600 CP Rail workers who
maintain, repair and build the track, bridges and structures. He said
new CEO Hunter Harrison and his team is quickly changing the culture of
CP Rail as the company moves to lift its operating efficiencies.
"They're cutting fat, not muscle," Brehl says. "And presently, they're
working with us instead of treating us like enemies which was the modus
operandi of previous regimes. The long term safe and productive
operation of the railroad is in all of our best interests."
For years, the Teamsters have argued that outsourcing track renewal was
more expensive for a number of reasons. "Previous management would
never accept this or even listen to our argument. They just kept hiring
managers, and expensive out-sourcing firms, and cutting our membership
to the bone. On average there was one manager for every 10 workers.
That's a great ratio for teachers in the classroom but our members are
trained professionals, not school children. Hunter Harrison's team
looked at the numbers and agreed with us. In-sourcing the work will
save money and save CP Rail jobs," Brehl says.
The deal must be ratified by members, which is expected sometime in
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way Employees Division
(TCRC-MWED), a division of Teamsters Canada, represents more than 4,000
maintenance of way workers at Canadian railways. Its members are
involved in inspecting, monitoring and repairing the tracks, bridges
and structures on the network. TCRC-MWED's mission is to make sure that
the railway is safe, in spite of any economic, managerial or other
SOURCE: TEAMSTERS CANADA RAIL CONFERENCE, MAINTENANCE OF WAY EMPLOYEES DIVISION
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