Man with heart condition
says CN tried to hire him
Source: CBC News
Published: February 14th 2007
Saskatchewan train conductor with a heart condition says
CN Rail tried to hire him to fill in during the strike,
but he rejected the offer.
Jim Pratt got the call Friday just after some 3,000 CN
workers, including conductors, began walking picket
Pratt worked on trains for almost three decades as an
engineer and a conductor before retiring last year on a
He has a heart condition, takes pills and is on a list
for surgery, so he was surprised when someone from CN's
human resources department called him and asked if he'd
work under contract as a conductor — the person who's in
charge of a freight train and its crews.
"There was lots of things I could've said to him, but
basically I just told him the polite answer: 'You'd
better look in your records because I'm on a medical
pension and I can't be on a train anyway,'" he said.
"According to the board of transport, I'd be breaking
the law if I went to work."
CN officials wouldn't comment on the phone call. The
company says it has a strike plan, but it won't discuss
details except to say that managers are keeping the
Two trains operated by managers derailed on Tuesday in
Alberta and B.C. According to CN, no one was hurt.
Union officials have said it shows what can happen when
supervisors with limited experience running trains do
the job. CN said the derailments have nothing to do with