Rail workers claim
success in stopping CPR Expressway trailer train
Published: May 30, 2007
Source: Today's Trucking
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Ont. -- Striking CP Rail workers put the brakes
on the railway's main roll-on/roll-off
intermodal train just outside of Brighton, Ont.
CP employee and protestor Chris Hooper
explained in an e-mail to TodaysTrucking.com how
he and several co-workers stopped and delayed
the railway's "money train" Expressway service,
which carries loaded highway truck trailers by
track through the busy Detroit-Montreal
He said the location was chosen as there are no
bells, gates, and there are clear sightlines for
about two 2 miles on either side of the
The workers stopped the eastbound train for
about an hour and spoke to the crew about the
two-week strike. Protestors then stopped a
westbound Expressway train for about the same
amount of time.
"We (were) within our legal rights as we were
only sitting off to the side of the tracks and
we were not in any way attempting to cause a
train to go into what’s known as emergency
braking procedures," Hooper explains.
Hooper claims CP mangers who are replacing the
union track builders and maintenance staff
during the strike then called the OPP to put a
stop to the disruption. He says the police took
down the names and information of the
protestors, but left without laying any charges.
Workers attempting similar stunts in B.C. and
Quebec weren't as lucky, however.
According to Canadian Press, six striking
maintenance workers in the Okanagan region of
B.C. and Montreal face charges for attempting to
physically stop train traffic.
Several courts in most Canadian provinces have
imposed injunctions on the striking Teamsters
Canada Rail Conference members, limiting picket
activity and banning most obstruction tactics.
Hooper claims the Expressway operator in
Brighton stopped on his own accord and chose to
speak with the workers.
"This will be the first of many picket lines
that will pop up randomly throughout the
Belleville (area) as (yesterday) was a major
success for all of us out there," said Hooper.
A CP spokesman was not able to return messages
in time of this posting.