The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and Canadian National (CN) announced today that the parties have reached a tentative agreement to renew the labour contract for approximately 1,700 CN locomotive engineers in Canada.
“Instead of celebrating the holidays, the family of one our Teamster sisters will be in mourning,” said François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, the union representing workers at CN. “On behalf of Canada’s 125,000 Teamster members, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and co-workers.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the conductor who died in this tragic accident,” declared Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Vice President, Roland Hackl.
TCRC, which represents more than 12,000 railway workers, have continually stressed the need for more inspectors to be hired to see to the optimal operation of the equipment and the integrity of the tracks.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is pleased to announce that a tentative 3 year agreement has been reached with Canadian National (CN).
While negotiations are ongoing, we believe that more time is required to address the significant issues and concerns the TCRC is facing.
The Teamsters Union fears that the rail industry’s proposal, namely CP, will create a dangerous precedent and open the door to abuse by rail carriers.
The Teamsters Union will follow very closely the investigation initiated by Transport Canada and does not intend to issue any further comment while the investigation is underway.
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.