A rank and file perspective on negotiations and union representation at CN By Andy @ CN As the membership of USW Local 2004 whimper over the ratification of Canadian National Railway’s (CN) offer, it has become abundantly clear that our USW leadership has completely missed the mark with negotiations. First, one has to ask, “Why, Continue readingCN Rail: Ratification Divided
Quebec pensions fight | Tembec strike | How WSIB has failed | Sexual harassment in the workplace | Rail fatigue | Western Canada workplace safety | Ste-Thérèse Paccar lockout | Muzzled scientists at bargaining table | Green jobs vs tar sands Quebec unions slam pension bill, vow new round of protests Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette Continue readingR&F’s Labour News Update – December 8, 2014
Following decades-old recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Canada’s major rail interests have moved to support the installation of in-cab video and audio recording equipment, ostensibly for safety reasons. In a press release, CN has stated that it is “ready to pay to install and maintain in-cab recorders so long as it can deploy them Continue readingBig Brother on the rails
The legacy of back-to-work legislation in Canada Editor’s Introduction By Andrew Stevens Amidst national transportation safety concerns and the inability of Canada’s leading rail companies to handle a record grain harvest, the 3,300 conductors, train persons, traffic coordinators, and yard persons at CN, represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, are voting on a new contract. Elections Continue readingCompromise or union capitulation at CN?
Rankandfile.ca spoke with Peter, a long-serving conductor at CN, Canada’s largest rail company. In part one of the interview, Peter discusses the transformation of labour relations and downsizing at CN under the leadership of Hunter Harrison (1998-2010), who is now the chief executive at CPR. By some accounts, Harrison spearheaded the “Americanization” of CN shortly Continue readingWhistleblowers, downsizing, and safety at CN: Interview with a CN conductor