CP is a strong advocate for a scheduling system where all locomotive conductors and engineers would have scheduled time off and predictable work patterns. This would enhance predictability for all employees in road service who don’t have assigned work and rest days.
We have compiled the following facts in response to inaccuracies that may be out there about work and rest.
THE MYTH is that employees must:
- Work long shifts
- Have no rest opportunities
- Have unpredictable schedules
FIVE ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT REST AND PREDICTABLE WORK TIME (2015 data)
REST AFTER EVERY RUN
Engineers and conductors can schedule 8-hours rest (+2 hour call) after every train run to the away-from-home terminal. When at their home location, they can schedule up to 24-hours rest (+2 hour call). At certain mileage periods, they can also schedule up to 48-hours rest (+2 hour call). Employees who work at home in yard operations typically work 8-hour shifts.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO TAKE TIME OFF
40% of the time, road conductors and engineers do not, by choice, take all the rest time available after each shift. However, there are many other ways to take time off, including earned days off, personal leave, and vacation. Typically, they have many hours or days between shifts.
NO MORE THAN 12-HOUR DAYS
93.5% of the time road engineers and conductors are on duty between 0-10 hours. For anything over 10 hours, CP pays a monetary premium in accordance with the collective agreement provisions.
NO SCHEDULED DAYS
Road engineers and conductors do not have a scheduled shift length. By the 5-hour mark, they must inform the company if they are unwilling to work past 10 hours. This can make start times unpredictable for other employees when estimating when they will go to work.
EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED
Anyone who has taken a commercial flight knows that weather happens. So do mechanical issues. The railway faces many of the same inevitabilities. Nevertheless, only 0.94% of runs exceeded 12 hours.