Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CP Rail to Challenge Arbitrator's Ruling in Court; Called 'Outrage'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CP Rail to Challenge Arbitrator's Ruling in Court; Called 'Outrage'

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Arbitrator's ruling 'an outrage': Harrison

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CALGARY - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX: CP) is going to court to block a ruling an arbitrator ordering that it reinstate a locomotive engineer who consumed cocaine "at a time and of a quantity which could impact his duties."

"The arbitrator's decision is an outrage and, as a railroader, I am appalled we would be forced to place this employee back in the cab of a locomotive," chief executive officer E. Hunter Harrison said in a statement announcing the decision to appeal.

"On my watch, this individual will not operate a locomotive," Harrison added. "The decision sets a dangerous precedent and is grossly unacceptable for the safe operation of a railway."

CP Rail said it will appeal the July 14 order by the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration to the Superior Court of Quebec asking it to overturn the decision.

The CROA decision stems from an incident in December, 2012 in which the crew, operating a freight train, committed a serious rules violation. …

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