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TCRC Education Program
Funding - Unanimous Executive Board Approval
Source: Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
Published: May 8th 2008
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Education Program has recently
received the unanimous approval from the TCRC Executive Board for a
three year funding commitment dedicated solely to training and education
of TCRC elected officers.
President D.J. Shewchuk spearheaded the three year funding plan, to
which the TCRC Executive Board has given their unanimous approval.
“Education is the foundation for the future,” says President Shewchuk,
adding “ The mandate that we were provided by the membership included
developing, implementing and sustaining a comprehensive and broad based
Union Education Program. The Union is as strong as their Union
representatives and members who are involved in the workplace. We
believe that if Division Officers are well informed and educated they
will better help and represent the membership. Serving members better
creates a bond of trust with the Union and contributes to building the
solidarity needed to foresee changes and improve living and working
conditions. Moreover it builds the pride to be a Teamster.
In 2007, the TCRC National Office provided training to about 76 Local
Chairmen. In 2008 another 35 Local Chairmen are scheduled to receive
similar training. This represents about 85% of the present Local
Chairmen throughout Canada. Through consultations with the General
Chairmen, and Provincial and National Legislative Boards, training in
2008 will increase and place more emphasis on training the inexperienced
and untrained Division Officers.
Funding of the TCRC Education Program has been endorsed through a three
year commitment of two dollars per member, month, without a dues
increase. “This is a very
significant level of funding, and the TCRC is quickly becoming the
leader among all rail unions in the level of commitment to education and
training,” comments D.H. Finnson, TCRC Vice President. “President
Shewchuk made the commitment to establish and provide a comprehensive
program, and now the Executive Board has delivered through their support
and approval to budget an amount that will most likely exceed one half
million dollars over the three years. Given this financial endorsement
we can now begin to schedule training sessions that will likely follow a
regional format.” Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is working in
partnership with Teamsters Canada and the North American Railway
Foundation (NARF) to develop and deliver an effective and appropriate
Training is a very expensive program to deliver, as the TCRC membership
and Divisions are spread throughout Canada. The TCRC has also applied
for certification of the UTU members at CN, and it is expected the
Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) will order a vote on that
application sometime in 2008. If successful in this representation
application, the TCRC membership would increase by about 2800 and the
number of Division Officers could increase by as many as 145. It has
been over one year since the application was filed at the CIRB, and five
months since the CIRB released their decision that should have removed
all the barriers to this application proceeding, and where they stated:
“The employees in the bargaining unit are being given an opportunity to
decide which union they would like to represent them.”
Other TCRC certification initiatives in Canada during 2007 has already
increased the number of Local Committees of Adjustment, Divisions and
Division officers, and there are several additional groups who have
expressed their desire to join the TCRC and where certification
applications have been advanced by the TCRC National Office.