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Remembering Brother Tony Frost (Frosty)

July 15th 2019

It is with great sadness that our Division has to say goodbye to our friend and brother Tony Frost. Frosty was a dedicated railroader with many years at CN and VIA. He also dedicated many years to this Division working on behalf of the membership serving in the executive. The time he spent working for the betterment of your colleagues will never be forgotten. Please keep the Frost family in your thoughts during these difficult times.
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Brother Jim Hendry Last Trip!

June 28th 2019

Brother Jim Hendry recently made last trip with VIA! The Sisters and Brothers of Division 747 would like to wish Brother Hendry all the best in his upcoming retirement. We wish you all the best in whatever comes next! Enjoy your newly found freedom!
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Brother Joe Thomas

June 17th 2019

Sisters and Brothers, Our Division is in shock at the moment at the sudden passing of our Brother Joe Thomas. All of us at this moment are in a profound state of disbelief, and no words will be able to convey this feeling at the moment, but I will try my best.

Brother Thomas was a son, father, brother and friend. From CN to Via Joe has touched many lives and has made many friends. We have lost a skilled and competent railroader and a family has lost even more. Our division would like to express our deepest condolences to Brother Thomas’s family, friends and coworkers.
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Brother Bob Black's Final Run!

May 31st 2019

Brother Bob Black's last run was on Friday May 31st on train 45. He was accompanied by his daughter Landis and his son-in-law Mike Sanderson.

The Sisters and Brothers of Division 747 would like to wish Brother Black all the best in his upcoming retirement. We wish you all the best in whatever comes next! Enjoy your newly found freedom!
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TCRC NATIONAL NEWSLETTER

June 1st 2019

A message from the President

The past five months have been a tremendous challenge dealing with both the accomplishments and tragedies our Union has experienced.

Our VP Dave McCulloch and myself attended the funeral services for our Brothers who perished in the Field British Columbia accident. A short update on the Field catastrophe is contained in the body of this newsletter.  

On a positive note, we have some new members who elected to join our Union. Please join me in welcoming our new TCRC members from Huron Central Railway and Bombardier Edmonton. I also wish to acknowledge the organizing efforts of Sister Hasulo and Brother Lowe.

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Congrats Don, Jim & Rob!

May 13th 2019

The Sisters and Brothers of Division 747 would like to congratulate Brothers Don Kearney, Jim Fahey and Rob Rodi. These Engineers finish their careers with a combined total of over 100 years on the rails.  

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Brother Rennie Dykens Retires!

May 5th 2019

The Sisters and Brothers of Division 747 would like to wish our Brother Rennie Dykens all the best in his upcoming retirement. Rennie with his many years at CN and Via has been instrumental in helping train the newer generation of railroaders.

We wish you all the best in your new career, and hope that you the only simulator you run now is a golf course program!   

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Bursary and financial offers for members and their families

March 26th 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This page provides information on bursary and other financial offers available to Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members as well as members’ families.

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Member Survey - Work Rest Rules

March 13th 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Work/Rest rules are currently under review. We believe the membership should have input on the TCRC’s position regarding hours of service, hence we have created a short survey designed to convey your opinions to the National office.  

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Congratulations!

February 23rd 2019

TCRC Division 747 Members came out on Saturday night to celebrate the retirements of Jim Tiernay, Rhonda Mullin, Brian Scott, Dale Sheedy & Anita Kell!

On behalf of the Members of Division 747 we wish them all health and happiness moving forward. Enjoy your newly found freedom!  

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It's A Retirement Party!

February 17th 2019

Please come out and join us in honoring the careers' of Jim Tiernay, Rhonda Mullin, Brian Scott, Dale Sheedy & Anita Kell!

On behalf of the Members of Division 747 we wish them all health and happiness moving forward. Enjoy your newly found freedom!

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Minister of Transport moves to improve fatigue management for railway employees

December 21st 2018

Transport Canada recognizes that fatigue must be addressed in all modes of transportation and is committed to doing all it can to protect the safety of Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, instructed railway companies to revise the Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees, to ensure that they reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices. The railway companies must submit them by May 19, 2019 for the Minister to approve them by the end of June 2019.

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'Profoundly disappointed': Pilots call new safety rules to address flight fatigue 'substandard'

December 12th 2018

Kathleen Harris, Hannah Thibedeau · CBC News — Transport Canada has laid out stricter safety rules meant to ensure pilots are well rested and alert on the job, but Air Canada pilots say they're profoundly disappointed with the "substandard" regulations.

The new regulations are designed to limit any activity that might impair pilots' ability to perform their duties, and affect both big international and smaller regional carriers. The updated Canadian Aviation Regulations, announced Wednesday by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, cap the  number of hours pilots can fly to prevent cockpit fatigue, and to align Canada's rules with those in the U.S. and European Union.

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VIA Selects Siemens to Replace Fleet

December 12th 2018

MONTRÉAL, Dec. 12, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that Siemens Canada was awarded a $989 million contract to build the 32 trainsets that will replace VIA Rail's fleet that operates in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. Siemens Canada was selected following a fair, open, rigorous and transparent bidding process under the oversight of an independent fairness monitor and VIA Rail's Board of Directors. On-time delivery, quality of product and price were the criteria on which all the proponents were evaluated. 

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