ONTC Conductors Overwhelmingly Chose TCRC
Published: October 26, 2007
Today the CIRB conducted the ballot
counting in the Section 18 application advanced by Ontraio Northland,
which applied to the running trades on that property.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference National Legislative Director, Mike
Wheten, attended as scrutineer. The ballot count heavily favoured the
TCRC over the UTU by a 57 to 6 margin.
Until recently the UTU had been fighting the Section 18 application to
consolidate the running trades into one certified bargaining agent. In
August the Canadian UTU members in Canada fought off an attempt to
remove what Canadian autonomy they have, and the Canadian delegates
elected Mr. Glenn King as the new Canadian Vice President and
Legislative Director. Mr. King has been the General Chairman of the
Ontario Northland UTU General Committee.
The Canadian Industrial Relations Board will have to formally make the
certification official, and that is expected to be completed sometime
This certification order accomplishes the long standing desire of the
Conductors and Trainpersons at Ontario Northland to initiate change, as
the ONTC Motor Coach Operators accomplished in September, by joining the
TCRC and continuing the momentum that began several years ago when the
Conductors, Trainpersons, and Yardpersons at CP voted to join the TCRC
and distance themselves from the ongoing problems that have plagued the