Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Brothers we just received the results on the B.M.W.E vote on the Merger with Teamsters.
Both Country B.M.W.E memberships have approved the merger by a huge majority ( more than two to one ).
We have still in Canada an ongoing vote between Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way division and Steelworkers at C.N. The ballots on this vote will be counted on November 19 in Winnipeg.
Let’s keep on working.
Gilles Hallé

Results of the vote
on the BMWE Teamsters merger

October 27, 2004 19:49 EST

After months of hard work by teamsters organizers, supporters and legal advisors, the results of the vote on the merger between the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees and the Teamsters union have finally been unveiled.

In Canada, a total of 1026 votes were cast in favour of the merger agreement, compared to 606 against it. An overwhelm majority of favorable votes was reported in the United States as well.

I would like to thank the Local Unions for their contribution to this long and arduous campaign. I would also like to mentioned the intense participation of the organizers, legal services and office personnel. Their contribution has played a priceless role in achieving our successes, and I would like to express my heartfelt recognition to them.

Kudos to everyone, and let’s hope that the results following the CIRB’s count in November will be as positive.

François Laporte
Assistant to the president of Teamsters Canada in TCRC

Vote ordered by the CIRB on the BMWE-CN merger: results expected on November 19

The results of the vote ordered by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE) merger last spring will be unveiled on November 19.

Let us recall that the Teamsters union filed an application for certification on behalf of the maintenance of way employees at Canadian National.

The BMWE has already held a vote with its members concerning the merger of the BMWE with the Teamsters. The merger was accepted by 1026 members in Canada.

If the CIRB’s decision leans in the same direction as the vote for the merger, this will mean that a majority of Canada’s rail industry workers will become united under a single banner: the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. Indeed, all locomotive engineers, trainmen, rail traffic controllers and maintenance of way employees will be given the opportunity to work together from now on and have their voices heard by their respective employers.