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.

Ratification Processt  
Mailout to all members will be June 29th, 2018 with electronic voting beginning on July 9th and closing July 20th, 2018. In order to protect our rights under the code the ballot question is worded so that a no vote also authorizes another strike in the event that you decide to not ratify this MOS.

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. 

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.

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 is Tuesday, May 29 at 2200 EDT.

Vote Results 

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. 

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.

CP 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. 

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.   

Judgment Day at Canadian Pacific

May 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 good faith.”

“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.”


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.  

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. 

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. 

Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu

"This 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. 

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.

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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 9

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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 8

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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 7
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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 6

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. 

Negotiation - Bulletin 5

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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 4

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.

Negotiation - Bulletin 3

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.

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.

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.

Ratification Vote Results
The results of the ratification vote for the September 6, 2017 MOS are 67.1% voted against and 32.9% voted in favour. The totals are as follows:

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:

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.

Negotiations Bulletin 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

  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Return to Work Agreement at CP
    The Company and the Union have set rules to re-establish an orderly return to work.
  • Canadian Pacific employees put an end to their strike
    “We took this strike action to improve the quality of life and the working conditions for our membership,” points out Doug Finnson, the president of the TCRC.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • CP Strike Protocol
    This letter is with reference to the approaching legal strike/lockout deadline, which is currently 0001 EST Sunday, February 15, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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." 
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • 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 would follow.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 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.
  • Negotiations Bulletin 7 - January 12th 2015  
    In an industry plagued with fatigue, the Company’s demands will not only increase the workload on our membership and ultimately their fatigue but it will have a detrimental effect on their families.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Bulletin 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.
  • Bulletin 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.
  • Bulletin 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.
  • Bulletin 1 - September 15th 2014
  • TCRC Response to Canadian Pacific's letter dated September 14th 2014
  • CP's letter Re: commencement of collective bargaining September 14th 2014
  • Canadian Pacific's Proposal September 13th 2014
  • TCRC Contract Proposal September 13th 2014