Negotiations between Teamsters and CN derail

The Teamsters are gearing up for a battle to ensure the safety of Canadians 
and rail workers… 
MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference 
(TCRC), which represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic 
coordinators at Canadian National (CN), are gearing up for a fight with the 
railway company. 
The Teamsters Union offered to continue conciliation, which ended on October 
7. Unfortunately, CN's management rejected the union's proposal and as a 
result, there could be a strike or a lockout on October 28. 
"We're extremely disappointed by CN's refusal (to extend the mediation 
period)," said TCRC spokesperson Roland Hackl. "The railway uses an old 
tactic: pointing a gun to its workers' heads to force them to make 
What these concessions would mean is that CN workers would be required to work 
longer hours with less rest time in between trips, which flies in the face of 
scientific research on fatigue management. 
In July, CN CEO Claude Mongeau said that railways had to make safety their 
"number one priority." However, the employer's demands seems to contradict 
this statement, and now Teamsters are having to gear up for a fight to ensure 
the safety of Canadians and rail workers. 
"CN's managers have to walk the walk and talk the talk; they have to 
understand that people are not machines and that you should never place 
profits before people," added the union spokesperson. 
The railway's profits are projected to hit $3 billion this year. 
The collective agreement expired July 22. Wages and the retirement plan are 
not the central issues in this bargaining round. 
The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The 
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is 
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

SOURCE  Teamsters Canada 
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications Mobile: 514-609-5101 ▪ ▪ 
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