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Handling of Productivity and Safety Issues
Source: TCRC General Committee of Adjustment - CP
Published: November 9th 2012
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Mr. Guido Deciccio, VP Operations
Canadian Pacific Railway
401 - 9th Avenue SW, Sixth Floor
Calgary, AB T2P 4Z4

Dear Sir,

This is in reference to your letter of November 1, 2012 in regards to Handling of Productivity and Safety Issues.

We must state that it is a sad day for CPR to see the kind of philosophy and attitude that you as a senior executive are suddenly portraying in your letter.

Your comments appear to belie what is being promoted on the CPR web page. Mr. Harrison’s Q 3 report to the employees he states “On the personal injuries front I am extremely pleased as FRA Personal Injuries were 1.36 for Q3 and 1.26 YTD (38% and 34% improvements respectively). It is imperative we all keep our head in the game and continue to focus on safety while we make swift and effective changes to our operations. Continue to demand this of yourself and of your colleagues. FRA Train Accidents were 2.09 for Q3 and 1.69 year-to-date (YTD).”

The simple fact that you have chosen to use the word productivity ahead of the word safety tells a lot on the prominence you now attribute to railway safety. You must agree that people that know you well are shocked to see your signature on such a threatening letter. Visibly, this is a deviation from the successful model that has made CP number one in North America for many years and it is clearly a step in the wrong direction.

As you are well aware the railway industry is highly regulated and our members are professionally trained to perform their duties always mindful that safety comes first. It is recognized that fear and intimidation can adversely affect a worker’s ability to do their jobs safely and productively. We also consider the message found in your letter dictatorial, which has no place in our industry, at least on this side of the border. We are also convinced that this letter demonstrates a lack of respect of the all employees we represent.

The General Chairs representing the members are truly disappointed with this sudden change in philosophy and we are urging you to rectify the perception you’re circulating to employees. We are committed to working with you at the senior health & safety committee to address concerns in regards to safety keeping in mind that a safe railway is a productive railway.

Sincerely,

Dave Able
General Chairman, LE West
  Dave Olson
General Chairman, CTY West
     
Benoit Brunet
General Chairman, LE East
  Bruce Hiller
General Chairman, CTY East
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