Upcoming Vote: ADP Contract

Due to recent changes in TCRC Financial Policy, all divisions are required to register with the TCRC CRA  account.
All division officers must pay CPP, EI and income tax on all stipends, honorariums and payments for lost wages directly to the TCRC CRA account.
As a result of this new requirement the office of secretary treasurer has now been burdened with the additional responsibilities of payroll taxation.

Because of the complexities of calculating these deductions for employees with two ( TCRC & VIA ) incomes as well as providing T-4 slips I felt it wise to seek the assistance of a payroll services company. After conversation with both President Finnson and Secretary Treasurer Lowe and on the recommendation of the division’s bank manager ( BMO, Lakeshore & Park Lawn ) I researched various payroll services and felt ADP payroll services would best meet our needs and all of CRA’s requirements.

As your Secretary Treasurer I believe ADP provides an simple and inexpensive solution for payroll input,
delivery and taxation compliance. I recommend that we as a division vote to accept this contract.

View ADP Proposal and Quote Here

There will be a membership vote whether or not to accept the ADP contract at the next regular meeting Tuesday February 14, 2017. I hope to see you there.

In the meantime I welcome any questions or concerns you may have.

Fraternally,

Ken Fitzgerald
Secretary Treasurer
TCRC Division 747
Toronto

LC January Report

December 31, 2016

Brothers and Sisters of Division 747

Here is my report for December 2016 to be tabled at the next monthly meeting on January 10, 2017

As some of you may have heard by now General Chairman Brother William Michael has decided to resign from his position and give his full and undivided attention to being retired and to spend more time with his wife Vicky and his growing (grandkids) family. On behalf of Division 747 I would like to thank Brother Bill for all he’s done during his almost two terms as General Chairman of the Central Region (VIA).

 

As one of three GC’s responsible for the rights and welfare of VIA Rail locomotive engineers from coast to coast he was the loudest voice when dealing with VIA’s management as his two counterparts are encumbered with the issues related to the other two national carriers. With the co-operation of the corporation’s Labour Relations Dept. he was able to, among other things, re-establish the Rest Days Push for spare board engineers working into their respective days off, the right to book rest after attending a company initiated meeting, revamped compensation for attending the Re-certification courses and the maintaining ‘TV dates’ in certain conditions to name just a few. During our last round of negotiations he ensured that when it was clear that there would be no movement on benefits we maintained our pressure to at least ensure wage parity with our brothers at CN and CP.

 

As a result I will be assuming the duties of General Chairman until a formal election of G. C. of A. executives is held. Because those duties entail representing all brothers and sisters of the 3rd, 4th, and 6th Seniority Districts I am no longer allowed to directly involve myself in ‘Local Committee’ issues unless they are progressed to the General Committee level by the respective Division. With that in mind effective immediately Brother Jack Strachan will be the Interim Local Chairman for Division 747 at least until the G.C. of A. elections in June. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Brother Strachan he is an engineer of similar service as myself with extensive experience as a union officer and I am confident that the transition will be seamless.

 

Coming up is the finalization of the Training allowances to be paid to trainers involved in both the Familiarization aspect as well as the ‘On The Job Trainers”. The second is the awarding of bonus money associated with the Fuel Conservation initiative. Watch the website for more details as they are revealed.

Finally have a very Happy New Year

Fraternally

P.A. Hope

Local Chairman, Div. 747

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Employee Statements

 

NIL

Discipline Assessed

 

20 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 34 resulting in overspeed

Step I Grievance Settled

 

NIL

Step II Grievances Initiated

 

10 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 34 resulting in overspeed

20 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 34 resulting in overspeed

Step II Grievances

 

Written Reprimand – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 577(f)

30 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 439

30 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 439

  1. Hope – Short paid – Art. 9.3, Add. 226

30 Demerits – Alleged violation CROR 439, 34

  1. Kennedy – Art. 9.3/Add.226, June 26, July 10, 2016
  2. Boland – Payment at O & A while on Shortage Hornepayne, Ont

10 DM – Alleged violation CRO Rule 33, Train 72, August 13, 2015

  1. Chase – Art. 9.3/Add. 226, July 24, Aug. 7 & 14, 2015

10 Demerits – CROR 33, Train 68, March 27, 2015

  1. McFadden – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  2. Yeung – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  3. Terry – Art. 9.3, Train #650 at Kingston, Dec. 17, 2014
  4. Chodkeiwicz – Art. 9.3, Train #650 at Kingston, Dec. 17, 2014
  5. Landry – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  6. Clarke – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  7. Tutak – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  8. Oliphant – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  9. Tutak – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment`
  10. Graham – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment
  11. Roach – O&A for protecting Montreal South assignments

20 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 and VIA Timetable Footnote Speed Table Train 71, Nov. 13, 2014

10 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 and VIA Timetable Footnote Speed Table Train 71, Nov. 13, 2014

  1. Terry – Claim for 6 hrs. O & A Art. 9.3 & Add. 226 Train 64 at Montreal
  2. Digiambattista – Claim for 6hrs O & A Art. 9.3 & Add. 226 Train 64 at Montreal
  3. Kay – Article 255.1
  4. Kay – Called and Cancelled & Art. 9.2 – extra switching MMC
  5. O’Brien – Called and Cancelled & Art. 9.2 – extra switching MMC
  6. Donahue – Hot meal allowance
  7. Logue – Art. 9.3 and Add. 226

HEP. Hookup – Held in abeyance

20 Demerit Marks – Availability

 

Step II Grievances Settled

 

NIL

Step III Grievances Initiated

 

NIL

Step III Grievances

 

45 Demerits – Alleged violation CROR 439, 34

Disqualification and dismissal – Performance deficiencies

30 Day Suspension — Alleged violation VIA Code of Ethics, P.T.I. Section 7

10 Demerits – Absenteeism

15 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 and 43, May 31, 2016

25 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 and 43, May 31, 2016

15 Demerits – CROR 33 April 2, 2016

30 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 416, Cobourg

10 Demerits – Alleged failure CROR 104

10 Demerit Marks – Alleged violation CRO Rule 33, Train #648, mi. 143 Kingston Sub.

15 Demerit marks – Alleged violation CRO Rule 33, Train #648, mi. 143 Kingston Sub.

15 Demerit Marks – Alleged failure to comply with speed restriction over HBD mi. 29.2 Kingston Sub

20 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 resulting in entering 60 mph PSO at 75 mph

20 Demerits – Violation CROR 33 resulting in entering 60 mph PSO at 75 mph

10 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with Uniform Policy

10 Demerits – CROR 33 April 2, 2016

30 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 416, Cobourg

10 Demerits – Alleged violation CROR 104.5 (b), Sarnia Tempo Yard, Nov. 23, 2015

10 Demerits – Alleged violation CROR 104.5 (b), Sarnia Tempo Yard, Nov. 23, 2015

Written Reprimand – Alleged failure to follow instructions in Bulletin No. CS/SC 15-28

Written Reprimand – Alleged failure to follow instructions in Bulletin No. CS/SC 15-28

  1. Roy – Loss of Wages Run Around, August 13, 2015

10 DM – Alleged violation CROR 33, Train 71, August 27, 2015

10 DM – Alleged violation CROR 33, Train 71, August 27, 2015

Joel Webb – O&A for working 3rd Seniority assignment

15 Demerits – Alleged movement Train #64 at Kingston, January 30, 2015

20 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with 30 mph TSO GBO

40 DM – Alleged violation CROR 314 (b), Train 88, September 3, 2015

35 DM – Alleged violation CROR 406 and 416, Train 55, Sept. 29, 2015

  1. Knapp – Five –Day Bereavement Leave M. Knapp – Five –Day Bereavement Leave

20 Demerits — Alleged violation speed GBO Train 48, Oct. 20, 2014

20 Demerits — Alleged violation speed GBO Train 48, Oct. 20, 2014

15 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with P.S.O. speed restriction

24 Demerits – Alleged failure to comply with P.S.O. speed restriction

10 Demerits – Failure to protect spare board assignment

25 Demerit Marks – Alleged violation CROR 416 at Oshawa West

Article 9.3 and Addendum 226 on behalf of the Division

  1. Kay – Article 255.1, Aug. 4, 2014
  2. Martin – Article 255.1, Aug. 4, 2014

20 Demerit Marks – Alleged failure to comply with CROR 103(g)

  1. Whaling – O & A rates for Work Train Service
  2. Bonczuk – Loss of earnings after being held out of service without cause
  3. Biro – Run Around Train # 1
  4. Biro – Lost earnings – Run Around Train No. 1
  5. Cooke – Run Around – Train No. 1
  6. Biro – Runaround loss of earnings
  7. Shaver – Art. 9.3 and Add. 226
  8. Wilson – Called in advance at Away From Home Terminal to perform switching
  9. Boyd – Called in advance at Away From Home Terminal to perform switching
  10. Sheedy – Art. 9.3 and Add. 226 – Train 50/52 Union Station
  11. Mysacowec – 6 hrs. O & A hostling at Union Station
  12. Digiambatistta – 6 hrs. O & A – switching at Montreal Central Station
  13. Rawdat – Runaround

Step III Grievances Settled

 

NIL

 

Arbitration (CROA)

 

  1. Kozusko – Loss of earnings – MOE
  2. Simm – Art. 9.3 and Add. 226
  3. Nikkel – 90 Day Suspension – Alleged violation CROR 43

Mediation/Arbitration

NIL

 

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Pension Overpayments

Do you believe you have overpaid your Via pension plan contributions for years prior to 2005?

There may be legal recourse open to you.

We need the documented details of your over contributions and you must act now.
All information will held in confidence by the TCRC and their solicitors

Contact us now with your T4 slips.

Tony Frost
President TCRC Div. 747
416-428-7690
E-mail Tony

Phil Hope
Local Chairman TCRC Div. 747
905-407-4055
E-mail Phil

LC Christmas Message

Sisters and Brothers of Div. 747

Speaking for myself I couldn’t be happier seeing the end to 2016. It has not been a banner year culturally with the relatively premature passing of the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, two thirds of Emerson Lake and Palmer and now a good Kirkland Lake boy Alan Thicke. Politically I don’t think many of us can be pleased with recent developments regardless of one’s political stripe. It is beyond my recollection to remember an  ‘angrier’ year.

But nothing will dampen my Christmas spirit. This year it’s the ‘extended’ family Christmas so we will be with Cathy’s mother and family in Windsor. For me a lot of the pleasure is the journey. I still remember riding in the second unit on a train from Hornepayne to North Bay then a Gray Coach bus from there to Burks Falls to visit my parents years ago, snow falling the entire time.

For those of us so fortunate, that is what Christmas should be about. The warmth of a family’s love and support. The yearning to be together, if not in person then certainly in spirit (especially thanks to Skype and Facetime).

This is my wish for you all, that you find that warmth wherever you maybe this Christmas and beyond and may we all rebound in 2017.

On behalf of the Division 747 Executive may your Christmas be ‘perfect’ and may 2017 bring you all health and prosperity.  Merry Christmas.

 

Fraternally,
Philip Hope
Local Chairman