Rail line Volume 9, Issue 2

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A New Passenger Rail Campaign

Dear members,

We have some exciting news to share with you.

In addition to our bargaining campaign, the national union, alongside Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100, has developed a multi-prong national rail campaign, "Get Canada Back On Track. Invest In Passenger Rail".

Our campaign has three key goals:

  1. Advocate for a national passenger rail service that provides safe, reliable, frequent transportation across the country and good, green, long-term jobs.
  2. The adoption of a legislative framework in favour of public, accessible, safe passenger rail.
  3. Secure immediate public investments to build Canada's passenger rail infrastructure, prioritize passenger trains, and improve services for travellers.

Work is already under way in realizing our goals.

Earlier this month Unifor National President Jerry Dias wrote an op-ed "Canada must invest in revitalizing its national passenger rail service" arguing the need for the federal government to step up and pour some significant dollars into VIA Rail.

In addition to the op-ed, we worked with Green Party Member of Parliament Elizabeth May to introduce legislation establishing a legislative framework and mandate for VIA Rail.

This legislation aims to strengthen access to safe, reliable, and efficient public passenger rail service for people across Canada.

Our campaign is building momentum, but we need your support to help us get across the finish line.

Stay tuned! In the coming weeks we will launch our campaign website, petition and shareables.

We encourage you to promote the campaign amongst your family and friends.

We won't be able to do this alone. We look forward to your continued solidarity and support.

In solidarity,

Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor National President
Jennifer Murray, Chairperson, Unifor Rail Council
Local 100 Bargaining Committee
Council 4000 Bargaining Committee