September 27, 2006
First CAW National Rail Conference
CAW president Buzz Hargrove kicked off the CAW’s first
national leadership conference of CAW members who work in
the rail sector.  For the first time, more than 100 top leadership
from CN, CP, VIA and Ontario Northland came together to
discuss common issues and goals.

Hargrove spoke about the importance of the CAW’s work in
trying to influence public policy which benefits working
people.  He said more Canadian family members than ever
before are working, yet families are still falling behind.

Hargrove encouraged the delegates to keep up their fight on
restructuring, outsourcing and for respect in the workplace.  
He urged rail local unions to fully participate in a VIA campaign
to pressure the Harper government to inject the necessary
funding for new equipment and adequate operational costs.
Hargrove noted that bargaining for a new collective agreement with CN begins on October 11, and with VIA shortly after.  He
committed the resources and support of the National Union to bring about settlements that make progress for our members.  
Following his speech, Hargrove took questions from the delegates for more than an hour.

Delegates endorsed a resolution to launch a
CAW campaign to press for adequate funding for the VIA passenger rail system.
Delegates also heard from Warren Edmondson, Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), respected arbitrator Ted
Weatherill and Mac Urata, Secretary of the Railway Section, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).  The delegates
participated in workshops on rail safety, arbitration, skilled trades issues, duty to accommodate, ergonomics and health & safety.

The September 22 to 24 conference was held at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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