We continue to stand ready to meet our union counterparts on the important issue of time off
We are modeling best practices after other organizations
We are asking the Union, federal government and other major Canadian rails to join with us to lower the maximum hours of duty in a day
We are working on ideas for a schedule that creates more predictable and consistent time off
We are working with Transport Canada on other legislative changes
CP has provided notice to the TCRC-T&E that it will be seeking changes by Transport Canada that would reduce by a third the maximum permissible hours that its Canadian-based running trades employees can spend at the controls of a train. This effort further highlights CP’s leadership role in addressing issues of work, rest and time off.
CP applied the principles of fatigue science during the formulation of the proposed rules, which would see Canadian-based employees move away from the currently outdated rule that allows locomotive engineers and conductors to operate a train for up to 18 hours at their discretion. The new rules would allow unassigned train and engine employees to operate for a maximum of 12 hours before getting rest.
CP has begun the required consultation period in which TCRC-T&E leadership has until January 7, 2017 to comment. After they have provided comment, CP will respond and file the proposed rule change with Transport Canada. Transport Canada will then have another 60 days to review and either approve, conditionally approve, or reject the new rules. A decision is expected by the spring of 2017.