CP to shut rail yard
Published: February 17th 2009
Source: Sarah Buell, Special to The Windsor Star
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CP Rail says it will lay off as many as 30 Windsor mechanical workers
and close the west end rail yard as part of a Canadawide cost-cutting
The job cuts, which will affect 60 mechanical workers across the
country, have raised concerns about railway safety.
CAW Local 101 president Tom Murphy said CP Rail planned to submit an
exemption request to the federal government last week to bypass
inspections in Windsor.
The railway must have taken federal permission as a "given" because it
has already gone ahead and announced the layoffs, Murphy said.
The shutdown of the Windsor rail yard came as a surprise to the CAW,
Originally only four mechanical workers were to be laid off on a
The yard is to be shut down by June 6.
Murphy said the move has raised safety concerns.
Trains are inspected in the U.S, at much lower safety standards than in
Canada, he said. Bypassing Windsor inspections would mean trains coming
through from the U.S would not be inspected in Canada until they reached
According to the CAW, the layoff announcements bring the national
mechanical forces layoffs to 300.