Teamsters Canada

Teamsters Canada

April 27, 2007 10:25 ET

Message From the President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Concerning the Accidental Death of CPRail Locomotive Engineer Lonnie Plasko

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - "We are all shocked and saddened by the accidental death of our Union Brother Lonnie Plasko, who did not survive a tragic train derailment in Trail, B.C. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Plasko family during this time, as well as our Brothers who were injured in this tragic accident, said Daniel J. Shewchuk, President of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC)."

At this time the Union will not be making any further detailed statements on the accident or any of the circumstances surrounding it, as there is a full investigation presently being conducted. Our concern right now is ensuring that the Plasko family and the remainder of the local Union members are cared for and supported in every way possible. Our hearts go out to them all, and we are once again reminded that the lives of the workers in the rail industry and their families can very quickly be changed forever.

"We thank the media in advance for respecting the need of the affected family members for privacy in this time of sorrow and the great anxiety felt by all workers."

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference represents more than 10 000 members in the rail industry. TCRC is affiliated with Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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