March 14, 2005

New Council 4000 'National Web Site'
We have finally reached the height of the technical world with the launching of National Council 4000’s web
site.  It did not just happen overnight. It took a lot of time and energy to set up and will take considerable work to
maintain and service.  To those responsible for such, we express our sincere thanks.  This leading technology
will assist us with our endless quest for better communication and information within the Council and the
broader Trade Union Movement.  It will provide faster means of broadcasting our actions and reactions to day
to day situations within our concerned industry and sectors.

This new tool allows us to bridge some of the geographical barriers that have faced us in the past.  It is
intended to bring the membership and the leadership closer together as well as letting others know what the
Council stands for and what we are doing with our mandates.

The Western Canada web site
(www.cawcouncil4000.com) has demonstrated the value of such as an
information link.  What a great enhancement this will be to our existing information technologies.  It will take us
down the road of change that we desire in terms of better communications within our organization.

We invite you to use and interact with this new tool and we trust that it will be an enjoyable and learning
experience for us all.

Another tool for our continuing struggle for Workers Rights and Equality.  Fighting Back Makes a Difference

In Solidarity,

Bob Fitzgerald
President
National Council 4000


CAW/CN Meetings - BC Rail Integration
Meetings were held February 16th and 17th in Vancouver between representatives of CAW National Council
4000 and CN concerning the integration of the BC Rail workforce into CN's operations, as well as the Council
4000 Bargaining Unit.  

On July 2, 2004, the Competition Bureau enabled Canadian National Railway to complete its $1-billion acquisition
of the Crown-owned BC Rail's operating assets, which sees CN taking over the freight operations of BC Rail
under a renewable 60-year lease.  The B.C. Government maintains ownership of the actual rail line, which runs
from North Vancouver to Northern British Columbia, but CN will operate on the lines and be responsible for its
infrastructure and maintenance.  The deal has been rightfully controversial on account that the B.C. Liberals,
particularly Premier Gordon Campbell, promised not to sell the railway during B.C.'s 2001 election campaign.

In late December, CN provided the Union with listings identifying positions on BC Rail that would be integrated
into CN's operations.  In some cases, the Company also identified the names of the incumbents on these
position.

The February meetings were to review BC Rail positions that would be maintained by CN, and identify those BC
Rail employees who will transfer over to CN.  Discussions also centered on what bargaining units those BCR
positions being maintained, belong to.  

In the case of the Council 4000 Bargaining Unit, two separate lists of positions and employees will be
established.  First, existing unionized positions that are currently represented by the Council of Trade Unions on
BC Rail (CTUBCR), which includes CAW Locals 102 (Carmen) and 110 (Locomotive Engineers), will be listed
under Appendix 'A' of the parties' Memorandum of Agreement dated December 18, 2004.

Appendix 'B' will list out current non-scheduled positions and employees that are classified as management on
the BCR, but fall under the scope and recognition of the Council 4000 Collective Agreements.  These listings will
not be completed until late March or April, where further meetings with CN will be required.  In the event there is
a dispute as to the appropriateness of certifying any of these existing non-schedule positions, either party may
refer the matter to an arbitrator.  

So far, it has been confirmed the following BC Rail unionized positions that will be transferred into the CAW
Council 4000 - Agreement 5.1 Bargaining Unit.  

Fort St. John, BC - 1;  Lillooet, BC - 1;  North Vancouver, BC - 8;  Prince George, BC - 23    

More meetings will be required with CN, as well as the United Steelworker's of America concerning Agreement
5.4 Operator/Excavator positions.

Council 4000 Regional Rep Barry Kennedy will be meeting with other representatives from the CTUBCR in
Vancouver and Prince George to ensure an easy transition for those employees who transfer over to CN, and
soon to become new members of CAW National Council 4000.  

The Council and Local 4001 will be conducting meetings with both our current membership and new members
joining us from BC Rail, welcoming them into our bargaining unit and organization once the integration issues
are settled.  These meetings will be scheduled in those locations that are affected.

More information will be published as it becomes available.    


March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21st is a day for us all to remember and reflect on the fact that racism is still part of our society.
Each of us has an important role and responsibility to build a society free from racism.  As trade unionists and
Canadians, we must lead by example.

The CAW is committed to work with all our members and Locals to eliminate racism from workplaces,
communities, and the union.  It is an opportunity for us to recognize workers of colour; aboriginal people and
the many activists who have endure and struggle to eliminate racial discrimination.  With the growth of our
union, many new members have come from workers of colour and immigrant communities.  New ideas,
cultures, languages and our determination to fight to build a just society strengthen our union.

March 21st was declared "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminations" in 1966 by the General
Assembly of the United Nations.  This day was chosen to commemorate sixty-nine black South Africans who
were shot on March 21st, 1960, while peacefully demonstrating against the country's apartheid system.  In
addition to the sixty-nine people killed, one hundred and eighty were
wounded.

With the collective efforts of anti-apartheid activists and workers throughout the world, apartheid was finally
buried in April 1994.  However, its legacy of exploitation, segregation, poverty and illiteracy continue to exist in
South Africa and throughout the world.

Source: CAW News Now
 
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