|CAW still pursuing CN's use of spy cameras|
|March 18, 2005
Spy cameras… Having obtained a court injunction which hamstrings the use of four cameras at Transcona, the CAW is
continuing its battle on three fronts – grievance, privacy commission, and the courts – to ban the cameras altogether and secure
damages for the workers.
In a highly unusual move, CN’s lawyers, ordered to hand over video recordings to the CAW, have sought their own injunction to
block this move, claiming the handover would be contrary
to the “public good”! Informed sources speculate the tapes may contain clues pointing to the whereabouts of the missing
weapons of mass destruction… stay tuned for developments.
Spy cameras – the “prequel”… Fifty-six locomotive engineers working for the Grand Trunk (a CN subsidiary) in Pontiac,
Michigan were shocked in 1998 when they discovered a spy camera hidden in an exit sign in their locker room.
A highly publicized court case led to a settlement. The railway, without admitting guilt, agreed to pay $238,000, covering legal
fees and establishing a trust fund for the plaintiffs and their families for educational, charitable, and disability-related claims, to be
approved by a review board composed of Teamsters (BLE) General Chairperson John Karakian and CN’s Kim Madigan.
Thanks to Brother Karakian for this information and for his personal expression of solidarity with the struggle of Canadian railway
workers to protect their privacy and dignity.
Source: CAW Railfax