TCRC’S 72 Hours Strike Notice To CPR
23 May 2012
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) has provided the required 72-hour strike notice to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). If no contract renewal agreement is reached, a possible work disruption could commence beginning at 0001 hours on Wednesday, 23 May 2012.
CPR and the TCRC continue to meet with the assistance of the federal conciliation and mediation service in Ottawa.
The Minister of Labour has requested that commuter service continue to operate without disruption in the metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. As a gesture of goodwill by CPR and to further progress negotiations, CPR will be honoring this service request using unionized employees.
At this time union will be withdrawing its services to operate freight and passenger trains in Canada. As such, CPR is enacting the detailed plan for a safe and structured shut down of freight and passenger train operations on its Canadian network for 0001 hours on Wednesday, 23 May 2012.
An embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations has been initiated. This embargo applies to:
• All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or US destinations
• All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations
CPR remains willing to participate in binding arbitration or negotiation period extensions. Both of these require consent of the union or action of the government and would allow CPR to continue operating all Canadian rail traffic without disruption.
We are hopeful that CPR and TCRC will reach an agreement to continue to work prior to the strike deadline.
If you need more information, please contact your local APL customer service office.