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CP and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference release statements on layoffs

CALGARY, Alta. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has responded to what it calls incorrect, misleading and inflammatory claims by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) leadership.

Union leadership released statements that recently announced layoffs at CP were in violation of the law. CP countered that it has been working closely with Transport Canada, “meeting or exceeding all requirements, as well as all applicable requirements of the union’s collective agreement.”

CP said it must adjust staffing levels according to business ebbs and flows associated with global markets and operational efficiency gains. The layoffs affect 260 current Maintenance of Way positions and 240 vacant positions, the railway said.

CP said safety will not be affected- “the frequency of both visual inspections and ultrasonic rail flaw detection remains unchanged. CP will continue to meet or exceed all regulatory requirements for track inspection and maintenance as set out in the Track Safety Rules,” the company said.

Since the staffing level changes pose no risk to employees, the public, property or the environment, CP concluded a risk assessment was not required. Transport Canada was notified and agreed with this conclusion.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference—Maintenance of Way Employees Division had said that CP refused to undertake a risk assessment “even though it has the obligation to do so pursuant to the Regulations and despite the layoffs or the abolition of 500 or so maintenance-of-way employee positions.”