This is a letter from Don Davies and Libby Davies to Rocky Mountaineer President Randy Powell:
July 7, 2011
Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
Suite 101 – 369 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6A 4C4
Attention: Randy Powell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dear Mr. Powell:
Re: Lockout of workers by Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
We are writing to express our great concern about the captioned lockout of workers by management at your company and to urge your personal attention to help resolve the labour dispute currently underway.
It is our understanding that Rocky Mountaineer triggered the current labour dispute by choosing to lock out its workers in the bargaining unit. We are advised that the company has left the bargaining table and is refusing to engage in meaningful negotiations with the bargaining agent for the workers under certification. We also understand that your organization is using replacement workers to perform the work of your regular workforce.
In your brochure, your company very clearly attributes your organization’s success to the commitment, contributions and skills of your employees. Indeed, you personally are quoted in this regard.
Comments to this effect include:
- Rocky Mountaineer is the “Best Train Experience in the World”
- Rocky Mountaineer has “impeccable service”
- Rocky Mountaineer has “attentive and knowledgeable attendants’, and
- “Guest service excellence is the foundation of our success.”
In short, it is apparent that your outstanding product is a direct result of the exemplary performance of your staff. As a company whose main product is service, this is not surprising. Your employees have played a pivotal role in building your enterprise and we know that they want to continue to do so. Working under a negotiated collective agreement that is reasonable and fair to both parties is required to achieve continued success.
Accordingly, we urge you to recognize this fact and put your acknowledged statements to this effect into practice by immediately negotiating a fair contract with your workers.
With the tourist season now in full swing, our economy is also dependent upon companies like yours contributing fully. Wasting valuable time in a protracted labour dispute that is both unnecessary and avoidable is harmful both to your venture and our community at large.
Please do whatever you can to put an end to this dispute and do whatever is needed to resume positive and respectful labour relations at your company.
If you would like to discuss this matter in any manner, or if we can be of any assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Don Davies, M.P. Libby Davies, M.P.
Vancouver Kingsway Vancouver East