Our commitment to the membership is to negotiate new Collective Agreements based upon the demands we have put forward. We will immediately keep you apprised of any further developments.
We would like to thank you the national office and Teamsters Canada for their support through this process. Also, we would like to thank the membership and the Division Officers for their support and assistance.
Mailout to all members will be June 29th, 2018 with electronic voting beginning on July 9th and closing July 20th, 2018. In order to protect our rights under the code the ballot question is worded so that a no vote also authorizes another strike in the event that you decide to not ratify this MOS.
May 30, 2018 - Sisters and Brothers: This letter is further to our bulletin of May 29, 2018 with respect to our negotiations with the Company. Following a very long and productive night and morning we were able to achieve a tentative negotiated settlement with the Company including the Kootenay Valley Railway.
May 26, 2018 - Sisters and Brothers: As you are now aware, the results of the Company’s Final Offer were received from The Canadian Industrial Relations Board regarding the Members decision to REJECT at an astounding 98.1%. Following the release of these results, your Bargaining Committee then met with the Company, including CEO Keith Creel, throughout the day until late last evening.
The results of the Canadian Industrial Relations Board ballot regarding Canadian Pacific Railway’s final offer have been tabulated. The results of the ballot were 2472 number of ballots returned out of over 3000 sent to our Membership. 98.1 percent of the employees voted to REJECT the Company’s final offer.
CP Rail couriered to each of you a package encouraging you to vote for the offer and it contained their latest in a long list of changes to their questions and answers and had new interpretations of what they say is their offer. This strange turn of events simply shows how difficult it has been to try to negotiate with this group. CP Rail never tried to negotiate many of the items in the offer with our bargaining committee. Given the numerous “clarifications” put out by CP Rail, it appears they continue to bargain with themselves.
In the likely event the Company’s offer is rejected, we remain committed to achieving a settlement that is equitable and acceptable to our membership. We will continue to push for provisions to address fatigue management and lifestyle issues, in line with the membership’s priorities and the science surrounding the matter. We encourage all members to take an active role in determining the outcome on this offer. Contrary to Mr. Creel’s letter, there are concessions in the Company’s offer that affect all employees.
May 23 is Judgment Day at Canadian Pacific,” said the president of the TCRC, Doug Finnson. “CP has done everything it can to make a strike inevitable, but they can still avoid a work stoppage by bargaining in good faith.”
“Teamsters are ready negotiate with CP but we cannot bargain alone,” he added. “CP has to be ready to settle outstanding issues and to provide workers with a good and fair collective agreement.”
This is in response to the latest Company contract proposal and letter from Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Keith Creel. You will be receiving this offer in the form of a mail-out from the Canadian Industrial Relations Board shortly. Again, your Bargaining Committee recommends that you REJECT the Company offer, as we believe we can achieve a more equitable settlement with the employer that addresses the Membership’s original contract demands including fatigue issues. We believe once you have thoroughly reviewed the document, you will agree with our assessments.
At 1305 MDT, CP Rail tendered final offers to the TCRC and IBEW Bargaining Committees to renew the Collective Agreements. At the same time, CP made a request of the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, under Section 108.1 of the Canada Labour Code to direct a vote of the membership take place with respect to these final offers. Both the TCRC and IBEW Bargaining Committees very strongly recommend that the Membership REJECT the Company’s offers. As a result, the strike notice is withdrawn until the CIRB vote is complete, at which time all of the Union’s rights to strike are still in force.
Calgary, April 20, 2018 – The Minister of Labour, on the advice of federal mediators, has agreed to Canadian Pacific’s request to order a vote on a final offer to renew their collective agreements with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the IBEW System Council No. 11. Both unions strongly recommend that their members reject the company offers.
"This afternoon, I spoke with CP Rail President & CEO Keith Creel and TCRC President Doug Finnson, and will be speaking with the IBEW shortly, regarding their collective bargaining negotiations. All parties are remaining at the bargaining table to continue their discussions. I communicated my expectation that the parties will continue to negotiate in good faith and arrive at an agreement Canada's continued economic success and many good middle class jobs depend on it.
During our session today, the bargaining committee exercised our rights and issued notice of strike to be effective 0001 (EST) April 21, 2018. Attached is our correspondence with the Company and the Minister regarding the notice.
Laval, QC, April 14, 2018 – In a press release replete with fabrication and innuendo, Canadian Pacific (CP) last night claimed it was trying to negotiate in good faith with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). The reality is that the company is attempting to manufacture a crisis to force government intervention and avoid bargaining with the Teamsters.
Please be advised that the electronic voting has now closed in our request for a strike mandate and the ballots have been tallied by Simply Voting. Your negotiating committee thanks every member who voted in this matter and for the tremendous response and support from the ballots sent out this past month. There were 3027 ballots sent out to the membership. Simply Voting has provided the following today April 6, 2018, with 94.2% voting in favor of strike action if necessary.
The Company has agreed with very little that we have proposed. The Company continues to insist on concessions and the decimation of our rest and other Collective Agreement provisions, and has made little movement in regards to their demands to diminish your working conditions. Our bargaining committee is not willing to accept these concessions in order to achieve provisions that allow us to adopt a system in our workplace that allows us to work properly rested and in accordance with proper sleep science principles.
Despite our efforts, the employer continues to demand what we see as significant concessions in virtually all areas of the present Collective Agreements. The employer has continuously released impressive reports of earnings for last year consistent with the pattern of significant profits for several years. Profits seem to be followed by even more profits, and their forecast is for continued robust traffic levels, lower operating ratio resulting in record profits. There is no reasonable explanation for the employer to continue seeking concessions from their employees, you, the Member. We continue to face these demands and so far, have been unable to secure an acceptable contract settlement.
This was the first session where Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services changed their role from mediators and are now acting as conciliators between the parties, due to the notice of dispute served to the Minister of Labour on January 22, 2018. To reiterate, the process of conciliation normally lasts 60 - days from the date the conciliation officers are appointed, however there is the ability to extend the 60 - days should both parties mutually agree. Following the completion of the conciliation period, there is a 21 - day cooling off period that effectively takes the parties to the point where a legal strike or lockout can take place. Prior to any strike action we are required to poll the membership and will inform you when that may occur.
January 23, 2018 - Your TCRC Negotiating Committee met with CP in the presence of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services for 5 days from January 15 to 19, 2018 in Western Canada. So far, we have now met with the Company on four occasions. The process so far has been at a slow pace.
Your TCRC Negotiating Committee met with Canadian Pacific Railway this week, December 11 to December 13, 2017 in Eastern Canada. To date, during the bargaining sessions with the Company we have focused on explaining our demands and taking note of the Company’s demands. Although we are still in the exploratory stages of discussions, our concentration and efforts are on achieving a negotiated settlement. Negotiations are intense and time consuming, we thank you for your patience and will update you on a continual basis.
Your TCRC Negotiating Committee met with Canadian Pacific Railway over five days from November 27 to December 1, 2017 in Western Canada. This represented our first full session with the Company bargaining team.
Your TCRC Negotiating Committee met with Canadian Pacific Railway in the presence of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS services were provided as the parties voluntarily requested their conciliation services) Thursday November 16, 2017 in Toronto to exchange our proposals and demands.
On November 7, 2017 the Company formally requested that the Board adjourn the hearing dates currently scheduled for November 14 to 17, 2017. The Board has decided to adjourn the scheduled hearings and set aside the following possible continuation dates of April 3 to 6 and April 9 to 13, 2018.
The results of the ratification vote for the September 6, 2017 MOS are 67.1% voted against and 32.9% voted in favour. The totals are as follows:
Attached is a letter from the Company regarding the effective dates for implementation of the items listed in Appendix 4. As you will note, the Company has committed to implementing several MOS items prior to ratification. These items are clarification matters and / or the result of grievances. Further, the items do not require changes to the Collective Agreement and can be implemented prior to ratification.
Brothers and Sisters; This letter is further to our bulletin of June 26, 2017 with respect to our meetings with the Company in Ottawa. During that meeting, Mr. Creel had asked the Union to consider an extension to our current contract. The Company has subsequently followed up and provided a proposal to extend the agreement until the end of 2018.