No movement yet on CP Rail coal train shift from Revelstoke, union says

There’s been little movement from CP Rail on plans to move coal train crews away from Revelstoke, says a union leader.

A CP Rail train passes through Revelstoke.

A CP Rail train passes through Revelstoke.

There’s been little movement from CP Rail on plans to move coal train crews away from Revelstoke, says a union leader.

“We have not exchanged anything since they sent the notice,” said Greg Edwards, the general chairman for engineers for the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.

The Review reported in May that CP Rail was planning to run their coal trains directly from Golden to Kamloops, avoiding a crew change in Revelstoke. The change would force an unknown number of engineers and conductors to move to one of the new home terminals, or commute to start their shifts.

Edwards did say union officials had one meeting with CP Rail in June, but that’s it since the company gave notice. Still, that doesn’t mean CP Rail is not planning the change anymore, just that the company is working on other issues, he added.

“They have so many other things going on, occasionally one sits silent for a while, and that’s this one,” he said.

A CP Rail spokesperson didn’t respond to the Revelstoke Review’s questions about the matter. We asked if the company was still planning on making the change and what timelines they were looking at.

“All changes are being communicated directly to the union representing the affected employees,” responded company spokesperson Salem Woodrow.