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CTY LTD Update
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.
Open letter to all new TCRC
members at NQT
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
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
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,