July 11th 2018
If you have not recieved your package we urge you to contact your Local Chair or Secretary/Treasurer as soon as possible. They will contact the General Chair and arragenments will be made to ensure that you are able to vote.
June 25th 2018
Sisters and Brothers; This letter is further to Negotiation Bulletin #15 of May 30th, 2018 with respect to the upcoming vote on the Memorandum of Settlement.
As you are all aware, a Memorandum of Settlement was reached May 30th, 2018. The MOS has been forwarded to all Local Chairs and if you have not yet received an electronic copy please contact your respective Local Chair for full particulars.
The respective General Committee’s are scheduling meetings across the regions to clarify the contents and answer all members’ questions and hear your comments.
June 18th 2018
June 18, 2018 - Sisters and Brothers: Your General Chairs will be visiting each TCRC Eastern Division to provide information and answer your questions about the Memorandun of Settlement. The attached dates have been confirmed. More dates will be added soon to ensure that all TCRC East Divisions are visited.
May 30th 2018
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.
We are satisfied that our issues have been addressed. The main agreement is a four-year agreement and the KVR agreement has a five-year term. All the details will be distributed, including the effective dates of when the various improvements apply and, of course, subject to membership ratification.
May 29th 2018
29, 2018 - Sisters and Brothers: Your bargaining committee has been
meeting with CP Rail with the assistance of the Federal Mediation
and Conciliation Service (FMCS) since May 25th. Despite this, we
have made very little progress toward achieving an agreement that
would be acceptable to you.
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.
We thank you all for your support through this process and ask for your continued patience while we try to reach an acceptable agreement.
May 26th 2018
The meetings were not as successful as we had hoped, and there remain significant outstanding issues. Notwithstanding the 98.1% rejection, the Company fails to appreciate the significance of our Members’ resolve. We are further working closely and communicating with our Sisters and Brothers in the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), as they are in the same situation as the TCRC with their bargaining with CP.
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 is Tuesday, May 29 at 2200 EDT.
May 25th 2018
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.
No 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.
May 2nd 2018
Canadian Pacific couriered to each of you a package encouraging you to vote for the offer. 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.
May 2nd 2018
While these recent events may seem bizarre, the reality of the situation is this is nothing new. The Labour Relations department seems to be at odds with everyone in their path including Mr. Creel. It was quite apparent that what was occurring at the bargaining table was not being relayed to him.
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.