Teamsters Canada

Teamsters Canada

July 06, 2007 14:00 ET

Media Advisory: TCRC-MWED is Calling for a Public Inquiry About the CPR Workers who were Arrested by Canadian Pacific Police - BACKGROUNDER

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - On Saturday July 7th, William Brehl, President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and six (6) TCRC MWED members who were arrested by CPPolice while legally picketing against CPRail, will be meeting with NDP Transport Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) and NDP Labour Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East).


On May 29th, 2007, while legally on strike from their employment at CPRail, six (6) TCRC MWED members were arrested by CP security Police. They were peacefully and legally picketing a CPRail facility in Coquitlam when CP security Police arrested them and forced them onto CPRail property where they were detained for over an hour prior to being transported to a police station for processing. Though none of the Union members offered any resistance, one was viciously assaulted by a CP Police security officer and all had their charter rights violated and were handcuffed, detained and searched.

To view actual video footage of the arrest and assault, go to:

All charges failed to be upheld the following day when a Judge quashed the 'Notice to appear' and referred to the matter as "oppressive".

Teamsters Canada National President Robert Bouvier has called for a public inquiry into the matter and MP's Peter Julian and Libby Davies have written to Prime Minister Harper questioning the incident and requesting an investigation.

Saturday's Meeting

The July 7th meeting will be an opportunity for interested parties to speak directly with the six (6) who were arrested, as well as their Union leaders and Members of Parliament, to better understand the incident itself and to determine what course of action needs to be taken going forward. All are welcome to attend.

The time and location are as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Time: 12:30PM
Location: Carnegie Centre,
3rd floor classroom
401 Main Street
@ E. Hastings, Vancouver

Contact Information

    William Brehl
    519-819 1530 or 613-733 4456
    Sandra Bell
    Member's Assistant
    604-775-5707 or 604-315-3115