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Canada Union releases recording of tired CN conductor as strike enters second week

15:35  26 november  2019
15:35  26 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

High school teachers to reveal strike vote results, discuss 'next steps'

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As the strike enters its second week , industries across the country have started to feel the effects. Pulp companies have been unable to source critical chemicals and in the prairies, already grappling with a poor harvest While the majority of workers are on strike , a number of trains are still moving.

Teamsters Canada released what it said was a recording between a Canadian National Railway Ltd. supervisor and a conductor that demonstrated why the union is on strike at Canada’s biggest railway. Listen here to recording of a CN Rail supervisor and conductor .

MONTREAL — The union representing striking Canadian National Railway employees has released what it says is a recording between a supervisor and a conductor that demonstrates the dangerous working conditions at the company.

About 3,200 CN conductors, trainpersons and yard workers across the country walked off the job Nov. 19 over worries about long hours and fatigue.

The strike has stalled commodities and frustrated farmers who rely on rail-shipped propane to dry their grain and heat their barns and greenhouses.

In the recording from Oct. 19, 2018, a CN supervisor asks the conductor to move a train to a new location, where he and the engineer would be relieved by a new crew.

Ontario high school teachers, education workers vote in favour of a strike

  Ontario high school teachers, education workers vote in favour of a strike TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's high school teachers says its members have voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says the result gives it an "overwhelming" mandate to take job action if necessary. The union also represents education workers who voted 92 per cent in favour of taking strike action. The OSSTF is already in a legal strike position as of today, though it's also requiredThe Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says the result gives it an "overwhelming" mandate to take job action if necessary.

Garneau says CN strike impact is felt across the country, mediation needed. About 3,200 CN conductors , trainpersons and yard workers across the country, who have been without a contract Not in one week or two weeks — right now," said Quebec farmers union president Marcel Groleau.

(Bloomberg) -- Teamsters Canada released what it said was a recording between a Canadian National Railway Ltd. supervisor and a conductor that demonstrated why the union is on strike at Canada’s biggest railway.About 3,200 conductors and railyard operators took to the picket lines on Nov.

A statement Monday by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says the conductor had notified the company hours earlier that they needed to be relieved and were resting near Pickering, Ont., after working more than 10 hours.

The supervisor later says, "When you take your call, you need to be set for 12 hours. Personal rest is not a regulatory or safety issue."

The union says the extra driving requested would have taken several hours, and the conductor said in the recording, "We will move this train in an unfit condition if that is your order."

The conductor was suspended for 14 days without pay for not moving the train.

Union president Francois Laporte says the recording illustrates "CN's blatant disregard for the health and safety of our members and the public."

"This is why we are on strike against CN," Laporte says in the union statement. "This happens every day across the rail industry, and CN regularly intimidates workers who raise the issue of fatigue with the threat of discipline."

CN Railway was not immediately available for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Union releases recording of 'exhausted' CN conductor saying he's too tired to operate train .
The union representing Canadian National Railway employees has released what it says is a recording between a supervisor and a train conductor who was being asked to move a train even though he’s exhausted.The recording was released just before a tentative deal was reached between CN Rail and Teamsters Canada that put an end to a weeklong strike that was impacting industries across the country.

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