More than 3,300 Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) members representing engineers, conductors and trainmen have gone on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) effective 12:01 AM on February 15, 2015.
Teamsters and Canadian Pacific have been locked in negotiations over their contract since the initial contract expired on December 31, 2014, with the company’s scheduling model and the number of rest hours for train crews emerging as the main issues in the labor talks.
CP announced February 14th it “will implement its extensive contingency plan by deploying qualified management employees to operate reduced freight service on its Canadian network.” Later on the 14th, the CP also stated that, “a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, the union representing CP’s 1,200 active mechanical employees that maintain rail cars and locomotives.” Details of the tentative agreement are being withheld pending ratification by the Unifor membership.
Canadian Minister of Labour, Kellie Leitch, responded Sunday, February 15th, by declaring, “Our Government is committed to protecting Canada’s economy during this time of global economic uncertainty, due to this reckless disregard for Canadians, and the Canadian economy, our Government will review all available options to end any work-stoppage expediently, up to and including the introduction of legislation in Parliament.”
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