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The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to bring everyone up to date
on what has happened since the CTY LTD Ratification.
Railroad workers have been fighting fatigue in the
rail industry for decades but the problem persists. We are now asking
you to help us document the problem.
“Suck It Up Buttercup" Fred
Green to CAW 101 members
Source: CAW Local 101
Published: February 13th 2009
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Dear sisters and Brothers
CEO Fred Green and A.V.P Guido Decceco addressed our members in Toronto
this week answering questions from members on the health of the company,
Pension stability, layoffs, shop closures and a gambit of items that
were brought up.
It was made clear at the meeting, the car shop closure is because of the
cutting back on fixed cost. This was identified in the previous bulletin
I sent regarding CFO Catherine Maquades’ cost cutting project.
Mr. Greens comment to the members regarding the shop closure in Toronto
was for “us to work with him or he will just close the place.”
We find this a ludicrous comment. The CAW has always been at the
forefront at working with companies at finding solutions, we are not
however, what it appears the company would like, lambs following to the
slaughter. It is unfortunate the company has made their mind up prior to
discussing with us.
CAW Local 101 was only notified on Friday regarding the company’s intent
of Toronto Car Shop. Today, Thursday, less than 1 week later, the
company has stepped up their mothballing of the Toronto Car Shop and
have had all the cars removed from in the shop. All staff has been
It is clear what has happened in Toronto Car Shop. The company has not
replaced staff for years so there is no one to work in the shop, then
they close the shop because no cars are getting repaired, then they need
cars repaired so they make the workers repair the cars outside.
Obviously the CFO has not repaired a car at –20 or –30.
We have seen this again and again over the years. C.P treats its
equipment better that they treat its workers. We are convinced forklifts
and other equipment will be kept warm in the shop while workers will not
be allowed in. This has been experienced at other locations.
We ask all members that the Rules governing "train inspection and car
and locomotive repair" be conducted to the rule. Any Company Officer
violating any rule or requesting you violate a rule must be reported to
Transport Canada or at the very least to your Union representative, our
members and rail safety cannot be used as the scapegoat for company
profits or public or personal safety.
We will continue to fight all closures.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any Officer of the
C.P. Rail has hit an all time low this week when CEO Fred Green
stated in his address to our members in Toronto to “Suck It Up
I Remain Yours
CAW Local 101