Libby and Don urge Minister Raitt to support locked-out Rocky Mountaineer employees

Don Davies, MP (Vancouver Kingsway)
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Libby Davies, MP (Vancouver East)
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

September 9, 2011

Hon. Lisa Raitt
Minister of Labour
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Minister,

Re: Lockout of Workers by Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours (Vancouver, BC)

We are writing to respectfully request your immediate intervention in the ongoing labour dispute at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours.

About 108 workers have been locked out by management since June 22, 2011, over 80 days. We have been advised that the management chooses to lock out workers instead of negotiate, hires replacement workers, and refuses to cooperate with the union. These circumstances are not conducive to bargaining in good faith.

In fact, we wish to take this opportunity to highlight the inherent injustice in the Canada Labour Code – replacement workers are legal at the federal level, but illegal at the provincial level. Because Rocky Mountaineer is under the federal code, it enjoys an unfair advantage in this dispute.

We are concerned primarily about the welfare of the workers, who are hard working with families to support and bills to pay. We are also concerned about the damage Vancouver’s tourism industry.

Further, the success of the company is due undoubtedly to the highly qualified, professional and committed staff. Indeed, it is the company’s exceptional workers who have played a pivotal role in the company’s rise to become one of the world’s leading providers of the luxury train experience.

The union is willing to negotiate in a fair and meaningful way. Thus, we urge you to assist in putting an end to this dispute to ensure positive and respectful labour relations at Rocky Mountaineer.

If you would like to discuss issue further, or if we can be of any assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Don Davies, M.P. (Vancouver Kingsway) Libby Davies, M.P. (Vancouver East)

Cc: Peter Armstrong, Rocky Mountaineer
Stan Hennessy, Teamsters Local 31