C.C.R.O.U. Negotiations with CP. Rail

March 25th, 2003

TO ALL MEMBERS CCROU (BLE/UTU)

Dear Brothers & Sisters:

Your bargaining committee has been working hard, meeting with the Company in Ottawa Nov 25-29/02, Calgary Dec 15-20/02, Toronto Jan 19-24/03, and most recently in Calgary March 16-22/03.

Meetings held between November 25th, and January 24th, 2003 where focused on addressing the requirements of Hours of Service Legislation. The Legislation comes into affect April 1st, 2003. The Council was successful in ensuring the legislation addressed our memberís Health & Safety concerns. (Attached for your reference is a document containing recommendations to address the Legislation.)

No bargaining sessions were scheduled in February. This delay was necessary to accommodate the UTU General Committee meetings. Elections were held at those meetings and both current General Chairs for the UTU were returned to office. Their working relationship with the BLE General Chairpersons, Dennis Curtis and Bob McKenna ensures the Councilís members a voice with experience in this difficult round of bargaining.

During the recent meetings in Calgary the Council set the agenda. The company addressed and resolved a number of grievances affecting members across CP. Rail lines. This approach provided all parties a common understanding of the existing Collective Agreement before moving forward and negotiating changes. (Copies of the letters of understanding have been attached for your reference.)

The Council is presently scheduled to meet with the representatives from CP. Rail in Toronto between April 10th, and April 14th, 2003. Prior to meeting with the Company the Council will be attending a caucus meeting scheduled for April 9th, 2003. The exchange of information during caucus meetings has proven effective in the development of our bargaining strategy.

Your General Chair(s) appeal to our members to be patient. We are facing a number of Company demands that would have a significant affect on all Crafts. We will continue to assess our bargaining position in relation to the Social, Economic and Political environment.

When we meet the Company in Toronto we will be approaching their issues with caution. The Council is dedicated to ensuring the health & safety of our members and their quality of life is protected.

All representatives of the Council are committed to working together in the interests of our members.

Your continued support and patience is appreciated.

In Solidarity:

D. C. Curtis††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† L. O. Schillaci

General Chairman†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† General Chairperson

Canadian Council of †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Canadian Council of

Railway Operating Unions††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Railway Operating Unions

B.L.E. - West††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† U.T.U. - West

R. S. McKenna††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. A. Warren

General Chairman†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† General Chairperson

Canadian Council of †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Canadian Council of

Railway Operating Unions††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Railway Operating Unions

B.L.E. - East†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† U.T.U. - East