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.
Collective Bargaining Updates
Sisters & Brothers,
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.
Tentative Negotiated Settlement 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. Read More...
Negotiation Bulletin 14 We are quickly running out of time to reach any kind of agreement
before our strike deadline of 2200 EDT tonight. Barring some unlikely
event, we will be taking a legal strike at the deadline. Read More...
Strike Notice Today, both TCRC and IBEW Bargaining Committees have served written
notice to the Company advising that in the event there is not a
negotiated settlement between the parties, the earliest both Unions
could go on strike isTuesday, May 29 at 2200 EDT. Read More...
Sisters and Brothers: 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.
Votes – 2426 Yes Votes – 46
We would like to extend our
appreciation to the Membership for the high return of ballots
(Approximately 77%) and participation in the process. This sends a clear
message that we will convey to the Company. Read More...
continues to bargain with themselves
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. Read More...
TCRC letter re CP Final Offer
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. Read More...
Judgment Day at Canadian Pacific
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
“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.” Read More...
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES...TCRC Synopsis of cp final offer
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. Read More...
Important message from your bargaining committee
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. Read More...
CP strike postponed
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. Read More...
Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu
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. Read More...
Bulletin 10 - Strike Notice
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. Read More...
Teamsters Reveal CP’s True Intentions
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
As you are all aware, on January 2, 2018 on short notice, the Company
called members, that were on AV and scheduled to return on January 4,
notifying them that their AV was in fact over and they would be
automatically be booked on at 2200 that evening. The members were
further informed that the Company was not recognizing the last two days
of AV due to the Statutory Holidays. We attempted to correct this
violation with Labour Relations but were unsuccessful. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin
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. Read More...
Negotiation - Bulletin 2
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. Read More...
CIRB Hearings for Managers/BU Work
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. Read More...
Instructions for Requests of Ratification Ballots
Please be advised the contract ratification package was mailed out
Friday October 6th and should arrive at your mailing address depending
on location within the next 14 - days. Anyone within the TCRC - CP
Bargaining Unit who does not receive a contract ratification package
should: Read More...
Negotiation Update September 15th 2017
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. Read More...
1 - July 22nd 2017 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.
Updates from 2015
16 - December 8th
2015 Attached is the award we
received today from Hon George W, Adams Q.C. with respect to the
mediation/arbitration process that was conducted in Toronto on
October 5 -9 2015. We have also enclosed a list of agreed upon items
that were finalized throughout the process. Read More...
15 - October 14th
2015 The mediation/arbitration
process from October 5 to 9, 2015 in Toronto has now concluded. Mr.
Adams has indicated to the parties the final hearing date that had
been previously scheduled for October 16, 2015 will not be
necessary. He has all of the written submissions from the parties
and he has a full understanding of the arguments and about the
issues. He has indicated that he does not require the final date and
has sufficient information to complete and issue his final and
binding decision. Read More...
14 - June 1st
2015 Mr. Adams has been in
contact with the parties and requested a meeting on May 15, 2015 in
Toronto to discuss the position of the parties and the issues that
will continue within the mediation/arbitration process. At that
meeting, the parties made a determination of the location, process
and dates for the mediation and arbitration. Unfortunately due to
scheduling, the next available time open to conclude the process is
not until the fall. Read More...
13 - April 21st
2015 We have received numerous
requests for information regarding the appointment of the arbitrator
in our mediation/arbitration process following our strike in
February. Unfortunately, we have been unable to agree with an
arbitrator and, as such, the Minister shall appoint one of her
choice. Read More...
12 - March 6th
2015 Considering the eminent
appointment of an Arbitrator by the government, we came to an
agreement with the Company and opted for interest arbitration. We
believe, in the circumstances, this afforded us the best chance of a
fair settlement considering that we will be part of the selection
process in regards to the Arbitrator and there are no preconditions
set out for the final award. Read More...
11 - February 15th
2015 As you are all aware, in spite of our best
efforts were unsuccessful in reaching a negotiated settlement with
CP Rail. As a result, we are now exercising our legal right to
strike as per the Canada Labour Code effective 0001 February 15,
2015. Read More...
CP Strike Protocol
This letter is with reference to the
approaching legal strike/lockout deadline, which is currently 0001
EST Sunday, February 15, 2015. Read More...
TCRC continues to bargain with CP "The Teamsters are here to bargain"
explains TCRC President Douglas Finnson. Despite this being the last
day prior to possible job action, we are scheduled to bargain today.
"There is no reason why we cannot negotiate an agreement" says
Finnson. Read More...
Strike Information to Members This information is being provided in the
event further negotiations and/or mediation fail to bring a
satisfactory settlement of the dispute between the TCRC and CP Rail. Read More...
Strike Notice Issued
- Bulletin 10 During our session today, the bargaining
committee exercised our rights and issued notice of strike to be
effective 0001 (EST) February 15, 2015. Attached is our
correspondence to the Company and the Minister regarding the notice. Read More...
Membership Authorize Strike Action TCRC President Douglas Finnson is
particularly proud of the TCRC membership and the tremendous show of
solidarity and support for the bargaining committee. "The bargaining
committee is strengthened by the determination of the membership to
fight for their rights to maintain a safe working environment, and
to obtain acceptable improvements in their working lives."
9 - February 6th
2015 Please be advised that we have counted the
ballots returned in our request for a strike mandate. 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 3624 ballots sent out to the
membership. The ballots were counted in Calgary, February 6th, with
93% voting in favor of strike action. Read More...
NOTICE: Manager Training We have been hearing from many of you that
CP Rail has begun to train their managers again in spite of the
Canada Industrial Relations Board order 748-NB. Specifically they
are telling Locomotive Engineers that they are to vacate their seat
but remain on the lead engine while a manager trains another manager
to perform our work. Some of our members have also been told that if
they don’t relinquish control of the train to the managers it would
be considered insubordination and an investigation and discipline
8 - January 26th
2015 The Company has not agreed to anything we
have proposed. The Company continues to insist on concessions and
the decimation of our rest and other Collective Agreement
provisions. 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. Read More...
Negotiations Bulletin 6 - December 30th
2014 Despite the assistance of the Conciliation
Officers we haven’t made much progress in the talks. The next
meeting is devoted to fatigue management. We continue to be
committed to negotiating an agreement and have scheduled to meet the
Company for 4 days January 6 - 9, 2015 in Montreal and again January
20 - 24 in Calgary. Read More...
Negotiations Bulletin 5 - December 5th
2014 The Union is required to poll the membership before any strike action
can take place and we anticipate a strike vote will likely take place
within the next month. Prior to any sort of legal strike action or
lockout, the party taking the action is required to provide a 72 hour
notice on the other party.
Negotiations with CP at a
standstill “The negotiations have stalled because we think the employer isn’t
committed,” explains Doug Finnson, chief negotiator for the TCRC.
“They want significant concessions, a dramatic increase in working
hours out of each employee, provide less rest hours, and within an
industry plagued by fatigue already.” Read More...
4 - November 19th 2014 Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to persuade CP to
address any of your concerns unless we agree to the Company’s
concessionary demands. Therefore, we have no choice but to request
assistance from FMCS. This is to inform you that we have served
notice of dispute to the Minister of Labour today with respect to
our current round of collective bargaining with CP. Read
3 - November 10th 2014 To date, the bargaining sessions with the Company have focused on
explaining ours and the Company’s demands. Unfortunately our efforts
to accurately inform our members thru bulletins are being utilized
by the Company at the CIRB therefore you must understand that these
bulletins will be brief and generic.
2 - October 24th 2014 Your TCRC Negotiating Committee met with Canadian Pacific Railway
for four days from October 21 to 24, 2014 in Montreal. This
represented our first full session with the Company bargaining team. Read