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CTY transition at CNR
Published: September 11th 2008
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As you know, the CIRB has now certified the TCRC as the bargaining
agent and we would like to welcome our sisters and brothers into the
Rail Conference as this will be remembered as a pivotal date in history.
We are much stronger now and represent almost all running trades in
Canada forming one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Unions in the
With the issuance of the Bargaining Certificate comes the transition
process of integrating our new members into the TCRC and with that in
mind, we hope to explain the process to better assist you with the
responsibilities that will fall upon the Division during this initial
To begin, please find attached a copy of a letter addressed to the
General Chairmen, TCRC – CTY (Conductors, Trainmen and Yardmen – as has
been termed after our certification at CP Rail) which explains the
election process as well as what is expected in the very near future.
As indicated, the process will develop as follows:
Transition Director Election
The position of Transition Director will be done by nominations and
subsequent election by the Local Chairmen – CTY and will be administered
through the National Office.
TCRC CTY General Committees of Adjustment
The present executive’s of the General Committees of Adjustment will
remain in place until the elections are initiated. These elections will
be done by nominations and subsequent election by the Local Chairmen of
the particular General Committee of Adjustment, administered by the
National Office and will be done as soon as possible. Although the
Divisions will not be directly involved in the aforementioned elections,
the integration of our new members into our existing Divisions will
result in the addition of one or more Local Committees of Adjustment
which we need to address.
Division Structure, Recognition of Officers and Elections
The present General Chairmen - CTY will be responsible to communicate
with all of their Local Chairmen within their General Committee and have
been requested to provide a detailed list of those Local Committee
officers who will remain in their positions or be willing to move up,
should a vacancy exist. This would be on an interim basis until Division
elections can be completed.
As pointed out in my correspondence of April 7, 2008, should the Local
Chair and Vice Local Chair not wish to continue in their
position, it may be necessary for the Division President to appoint
someone as an interim Local Chairman until Division elections can be
concluded. These appointments, if necessary, must be done through
consultation with the members within the Local Committee of Adjustment
and appropriate General Chairman.
In addition, we request that the Division President immediately contact
the former UTU Legislative Representative at their terminal and
ascertain whether they wish to remain as a Division Alternate
Legislative Representative on an interim basis until Division elections
have been concluded. We would ask that the Division President and
Legislative Representative work together in handling this matter and
advise our office of the results as soon as possible as this will speed
up the process.
Additional positions at the Division level
As we are now certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board as
the bargaining agent for the CTY, we have requested a complete phone and
address list of all our new members from CN. Once received, we will
distribute the information to each Division so that your records can be
updated and Division elections can be held.
We will meet with the new General Chairmen to finalize the proper
assignment of Local Committees of Adjustment to the appropriate Division
and you will be notified as soon as that task is complete. We will also
provide each Division with a list of the new positions to be elected
which would be as follows:
||One Local Chairman and at least
two Vice Local Chairmen for each Local Committee of Adjustment
being added to the Division for each craft
||One Alternate Legislative
||One Craft delegate to the TCRC
Convention, and two alternates
We would ask that you also familiarize yourselves with the nomination
and election requirements within the Division Rules of our Bylaws to
facilitate a smooth and effective election process. As a reminder,
Section 8, Division Rules, applies to the election of Local Chairmen and
Vice Local Chairmen and is outlined below:
Division Rules - Section 8 :
h) In elections for Local Committee of Adjustment, only members
holding seniority in a craft under the jurisdiction of the Local
Committee of Adjustment shall be eligible for election to the Local
Committee of Adjustment. Members in service (working) under the
jurisdiction of such committee will be notified of such election and
permitted to file or sign nominating petitions and vote.
This means that a member must hold seniority within the craft they
are being nominated to represent, however, it is only those members
working in that craft that may nominate or cast a ballot to elect the
representative of that craft.
An example would be as follows:
When adding a “road” Local Committee to a Division, only those members
working in road service are able to nominate and vote for their Road
Local Chairman and the two Vice Local Chairmen.
When adding a “yard” Local Committee to a Division, only those members
working in yard service are able to nominate and vote for their yard
Local Chairman and the two Vice Local Chairmen.
To further clarify the process, members who are nominated can be working
in any class of service but must hold seniority in the class of service
to which they have been nominated.
A common question is whether a member working as a locomotive engineer
is able to be nominated to be the conductors (road) Local Chairman. The
answer is “yes”. The only conditions would be that they hold seniority
as a conductor but under our Bylaws they would not be eligible to vote
as they are not working in the craft.
This process would also apply to the election of the new position of
Alternate Legislative Representative.
In addition, all new members within the TCRC CTY, are eligible to vote
for the new positions of delegate to the Rail Conference and two
For clarification purposes, working in the craft is defined as working
and/or paying dues to that particular Local Committee of Adjustment
during that particular month.
The newly elected officers, representing their respective crafts, will
continue in their position until our next regularly scheduled Divisions
elections slated for the fall of 2009.
Local Committee of Adjustment Finances
When the regular Union dues payroll deduction process begins, the LCA
dues for the new members will be sent to the Division Secretary
Treasurer. The Division Secretary Treasurer will create a ledger system
within the existing Division Account, whereas each Local Committee of
Adjustment would have their own expenses recorded and their own balance
maintained within the one account. Expenses common to the entire
Division are to be paid by each LCA fund on a pro rata basis. An Excel
spreadsheet will be made available to assist the Division in handling
We have attached, for your information, a draft Division Ballot which
can be used for the Division elections as well as other related
correspondence for your information and assistance. We would ask that
you forward any further questions through your General Chairman’s office
so that we can maintain an organized and effective manner in which to
respond and distribute the Q/A’s.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during this transition
Sincerely and In Solidarity,