The way people want to work and their priorities in life have changed over time. Unfortunately the agreements that remain in place are out of date and do not reflect the needs of today’s employee or CP’s customer service requirements and obligations.
Transport Canada prescribes maximum work hours and minimum rest periods only and leaves all other aspects to the collective bargaining process.
CP wants change and is working towards that with our unions. Below are links to the regulations and recent arbitrations:
- Work/Rest Rules for Canadian Railway Operating Employees (Transport Canada)
- US Hours of Service Regulation (FRA)
- Stout award concerning handling of unassigned pool and spareboard employees
On August 3, 2016 Arbitrator John Stout awarded a decision on this issue. In his decision he states: “I acknowledge that fatigue is a matter of safety that affects the Company, the union’s members and the general public. Addressing fatigue is in the best interests of both parties to this proceeding. The issue should be addressed in collective bargaining either by agreement or in an interest arbitration award. It is not the role of a rights arbitrator to set public policy or rewrite the parties’ collective agreement.”