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Source: TCRC General Committees of Adjustment
Published: May 21st 2012
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All TCRC Local Chairs
CPR Eastern and Western Regions:

Your Bargaining Committee, which includes Sisters Shelly Brownlee and Kari Essery of the TCRC-RCTC General Committee, met with the Company in the presence of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) in Calgary commencing May 14.

We have continued to advance the members concerns and unfortunately, at this point, we have not achieved a negotiated settlement. The main issues of fatigue management, pension, health spending account, and work rules remain unresolved.

As you all are well aware, we are now within in a day of our pending strike. Until you hear otherwise, please continue to make arrangements and be prepared to strike effective 0001 May 23, 2012.

As a late development, the Honorable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, has summoned Vice President Doug Finnson to Ottawa for a meeting tomorrow. We are unsure what this means and any attempt to interpret the Ministers actions would be premature. Accordingly, we must reiterate, until notified, please continue organizing your strike committees and preparation.

We are receiving numerous letters supporting both our committee and the RTCs. Teamsters Canada and the National Office continue to assist and support us fully in our efforts on your behalf.

Your Bargaining Committee very much appreciates and thanks those many members that have communicated their support during this difficult process. We remain committed to negotiating an agreement that you will find acceptable.

Your Bargaining Committee is in regular contact with your local representatives and will inform them as soon as possible on developments in this ever changing situation.

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