Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 4:59 pm

GO Transit Cuts Engineers, Disruptions Ensue

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GO Transit logo In the wake of a federal labour arbitrator’s decision allowing GO Transit, which operates commuter trains and buses in the Toronto area, to save costs by cutting 34 engineer positions, yesterday’s operations were substantially disrupted and delayed by what CBC and The Globe and Mail referred to as “teething problems,” but which the Toronto Star reported, quoting the same CN spokesman, as work-to-rule behaviour by disgruntled engineers. The 34 engineers’ positions were cut on December 29 — they were reassigned to CN freight trains — and yesterday was the first full work day since then. The cuts allow GO Transit commuter trains to operate with a single engineer and two conductors, rather than with two engineers, saving them up to $2 million annually in salaries.

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