CP Layoffs

July 29, 1999


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CP Layoffs
CP Layoffs
dated July 29, 1999

The CAW will fight the layoffs announced by Canadian Pacific Railways, using whatever means available says CAW National President Buzz Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President





"We can't strike. We have a collective agreement in place but we are going to find ways to force them to have voluntary exits from top seniority people who would like to leave as opposed to forcing people out at the bottom. If they can't find a way to do that then we will find a way to fight them on this issue."


The 19 hundred layoffs were announced without warning to the union and details are still sketchy.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We have identified that there are over 400 of them are going to be CAW members, but we haven't identified which members, which communities are involved, where the cut backs are going to take place. We do know they are signing long term contracts for new locomotives for example that has the servicing and repair work that is normally done by our members being done in the United States by the people that build the product. This is a shift that is going to cause a fight with our union."

Canadian Pacific announced the layoffs the same day it reported second quarter profits of 198 million dollars, twenty million dollars higher than in the previous year. CP had record profits in 1997 and 98.






Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"This company is doing extremely well. This is about greed, its about higher executive salaries, bonuses, pensions, perks, stock options, big bucks for executives and big bucks for share holders at the expense of workers, their families and communities."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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