TCRC-MWED calls for a public inquiry
Published: July 6, 2007
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - On Saturday July 7th, William Brehl, President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and six (6) TCRC MWED members who were arrested by CPPolice while legally picketing against CPRail, will be meeting with NDP Transport Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) and NDP Labour Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East).
On May 29th, 2007, while legally on strike from their employment at CPRail, six (6) TCRC MWED members were arrested by CP security Police. They were peacefully and legally picketing a CPRail facility in Coquitlam when CP security Police arrested them and forced them onto CPRail property where they were detained for over an hour prior to being transported to a police station for processing. Though none of the Union members offered any resistance, one was viciously assaulted by a CP Police security officer and all had their charter rights violated and were handcuffed, detained and searched.
To view actual video footage of the arrest and assault, go to: http://www.teamsters.ca/page_section.php?idPage=137
All charges failed to be upheld the following day when a Judge quashed the 'Notice to appear' and referred to the matter as "oppressive".
Teamsters Canada National President Robert Bouvier has called for a public inquiry into the matter and MP's Peter Julian and Libby Davies have written to Prime Minister Harper questioning the incident and requesting an investigation.
The July 7th meeting will be an opportunity for interested parties to speak directly with the six (6) who were arrested, as well as their Union leaders and Members of Parliament, to better understand the incident itself and to determine what course of action needs to be taken going forward. All are welcome to attend.
The time and location are as follows:
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Carnegie Centre, 3rd floor classroom 401 Main Street @ E. Hastings, Vancouver
For more information, please contact
519-819 1530 or 613-733 4456
604-775-5707 or 604-315-3115