Division 747 represents a group of engineers consisting of approximately 150 members who operate high speed passenger trains for VIA Rail Canada Inc. throughout Southern Ontario and Quebec.
Division 747 was originally formed to represent BLE members working at the time for the Canadian National Railways out of its Mimico Yard In order to better serve the needs of a number of members of Division 70 who were currently working for Via Rail, Division 747 was re-established by a Charter granted on March 1, 1997.
This distinction between members working for CN Rail and Via Rail has helped each division to focus their attentions more clearly on the various Labour and Health and Safety issues which are presented uniquely by these two companies.
Division 747 meeting are held on the second Monday of the month at 12:00. Meetings are held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3850 Lakeshore Road. West, Etobicoke, Ontario.
The Teamsters union represents 125,000 Canadians, over 16,000 of those members work in the rail industry and are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. We have become an unavoidable collective bargaining partner for the two major rail carriers in Canada, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific as well as the majority of the short lines in Canada. The Teamsters union is the major negotiating partner in the Canadian rail industry. Canadian railway workers have chosen us because they know that we have the necessary resources and know-how to ensure their adequate representation. Our leading positions in the union movement, our active participation and our devotion to our members have become a magnet for all those who are poorly represented unionized or not unionized at all.