CPR, CAW at odds over layoffs
Published: February 23rd 2009
Source: New Tecumseth Free Press
CP Rail is denying this week the extent of layoffs the CAW claimed in a
press release included 60 mechanical workers at facilities across the
province, which will have an impact on the pre-tripping operation in
The CAW Local 101, which represents 2,400 railway workers stated in a press release last Monday, which was reported here last week that "Mechanical forces at CP Rail facilities in Welland, London, Lampton,
Toronto, Vaughan, Alliston, Oshawa and Windsor (where the company
plans to shut the rail yard entirely) will be impacted by these cuts. The company has cited the recent economic downturn as the main reason
for these layoffs."
CP Rail and its union are currently fighting publicly over safety following train derailments in Quebec, Alberta, and Thunder Bay since late January.
CP, which built a new handling station on the 13th Line east of Tottenham Road specifically to handle vehicle cargo from Honda, has scaled back its services here accordingly with cuts to production at Honda.
CP is also denying the CAW's claim that its shutting down its train station in west end Windsor in June.