Family on the picket line

Carter Haydu
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On Saturday, May 26, 2012, Moose Jaw's Tiffany Owens (left) and children Thomas and Zachary walk in support of their father Mike Owens, who is a conductor at CP Rail and is currently on strike.

Joining those striking workers on Manitoba Street along the perimeter of the CP Rail yards were family of the employees on Saturday.

“It speaks volumes,” local train conductor Mike Owens told the Times-Herald as he walked the picket line with his wife Tiffany and their two boys Thomas, 10, and 13-year-old Zachary. “The decisions (of CP) effect my entire family, not just myself.”

Mike said the nature of his work is such that he spends long hours away from home, and he must go on long trips when called with very little notice. According to his wife, the nature of her husband’s job definitely makes for some challenges at the Owens homestead.

“I schedule everything in my life as if I were a single mom,” she said.

With all the hardships the nature of being a conductor puts his family through, Mike doesn’t believe his family needs the added stress of worrying about his retirement, which is why he does not believe CP should cut his pension.

Many workers had family join them on the picket line on Saturday. In fact, 510 Teamsters Canada Rail Conference resident Bill Heath said there were too many people along Manitoba Street on Saturday for him to even count them all.

“We’ve got lots and lots,” he said, adding there were even a couple other unions showing up to support the Teamsters over the weekend, including CUPE workers.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, CP Rail, CUPE

Geographic location: Manitoba Street, Canada

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  • lizzy
    May 28, 2012 - 21:28

    Me,it sounds to me like your a little short on the education side yourself.Just try and think for a minute.There are workers down there that are going to retire in one or two years,and have worked for there pensions only to see them reduced when they retire.Do you recommend that they quit and go find a job just like yours,or do you think they should stand up for there rights.

  • SN
    May 28, 2012 - 12:51 are so wrong in what you have just said. And no, I am not an employee of the CPR...

  • me
    May 26, 2012 - 18:55

    Oh for gawd's sake! If it's that horrible for you and your pooooooor family, quit and find another job. I'm sure there's all kinds of great jobs you could get with no education. Let us all know when you find something.