The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association on Monday, May 28:
TCRC – Train & Engine and IBEW Issue Strike Notice to CP Rail
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited was advised by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on Friday that members of both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) voted down CP’s contract offers in a CIRB-administered vote, which closed on Friday at noon Eastern time.
On Saturday, the TCRC and the IBEW issued notice to CP advising of their respective plans to strike at 22:00 Eastern time on Tuesday, May 29. In both cases, the parties have given more than the required 72-hour notice.
After meetings between CP and the unions on Friday, “significant outstanding issues” remain, according to a statement issued by TCRC. Both the company and the unions have said they are committed to continuing negotiations, but have also noted they are making necessary preparations in case of a work stoppage.
For more information, please call David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 207.