The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) – Train and Engine Negotiating Committee has agreed to enter into binding arbitration with Canadian Pacific (CP), ending the work stoppage that began over the weekend.
CP will immediately begin to execute a safe and structured start-up of its train operations in Canada. Effective immediately, CP has cancelled embargoes currently in place. This agreement will allow for CP’s 3,000 locomotive engineers, conductors, train and yard workers in Canada to return to work at noon local time on March 22, 2022.
In a statement issued early Tuesday morning, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference spokesperson Dave Fulton said while arbitration was not the preferred method, TCRC was able to negotiate terms and conditions that were in the best interest of its members, with wages and pensions still stumbling blocks. He noted the decision to agree to final and binding arbitration was not taken lightly.
CP President and CEO Keith Creel said in a statement the railway company is pleased to have reached the agreement to enter into binding arbitration, enabling it “to resume our essential services for our customers and the North American supply chain.”
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