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Open letter to all new TCRC members at NQT
Source: TCRC
Published: November 27th 2008
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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On October 30, 2008, you officially became a member of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to our organization.

As a bit of history, we are also relatively new members as we amalgamated with Teamsters Canada in 2004, leaving behind the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, one of the oldest Unions in North America. Personally, I thought that it was a very good move, but have to admit that I did have second thoughts in those early days. In the end, I sincerely believe that it was indeed the best move as we continue to improve our abilities to represent our members.

We have undergone some recent changes, the first occurring at our inaugural convention held in September of 2006. Our delegates saw what the future might hold and made significant changes in our Bylaws, opening the doors to new members like you and incorporating full craft autonomy. In addition, a new Executive Board was elected consisting of myself as President, Doug Finnson as Vice-President, Jim Flegel as Secretary Treasurer, Mike Wheten as National Legislative Director, Paul Vickers as Recording Secretary and Bruce Willows, Dave Able and Daniel Généreux as trustees. I must say that I consider myself very fortunate to have such a team working with me and my only criticism is that they may work too hard.

Nevertheless, you have come into our organization at a very critical juncture in history as we are seeing many segments of the Canadian Rail industry joining, or are in the process of joining us.

We also wanted to let you know that you will not see much structural change from what you have experienced in the past. You will have your own Local Committee of Adjustment and you will elect your local representatives. Your craft autonomy is enshrined within our Bylaws, which also provides elected craft delegates from each Division attending our Canadian Convention, and have a voice in the future of our organization.

Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to facilitate a change in this period of your history and together we can all move towards a brighter, more promising future. It can be done and it will be done!

In closing, we are providing a copy of TCRC Bylaws that outlines all of the improvements made at our 2006 Convention. We are also including a TCRC membership card, we are asking you to please return the top portion to confirm your coordinates.

Welcome to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference!

Sincerely and In Solidarity,

D.J. Shewchuk

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