LAVAL, QC, April 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – The general committees of the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) representing the conductors,
trainmen, yardmen, locomotive engineers and rail traffic controllers
employed by Canadian Pacific Railway announced today they have been
authorized by their membership to launch a strike against the railway.
The parties have been negotiating since October 2011 in an attempt to renew
the collective agreements which expired on January 1, 2012. Despite months
of bargaining, the railway continues to seek major concessions on pensions,
work rules and wages. The Union’s issues concerning fatigue management and
work/life balance also remain unresolved.
Members have voted by a margin of 95% in favour of authorizing their
bargaining committee to launch a strike if necessary. The TCRC may strike
anytime after May 22, 2012.
The TCRC represents 5,000 conductors, trainmen, yardmen, locomotive
engineers and rail traffic controllers at CP Rail.
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.