Ottawa, Ontario, May 22, 2012—The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, will meet with representatives from Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) to encourage the parties to reach agreements as soon as possible.
“Our government is concerned that a work stoppage would have a negative effect on Canadian businesses and families, and the economy,” said Minister Raitt. “That’s why I have invited the parties to attend a working summit in hope that we can avoid any disruption of services.”
Canadian Pacific Railway operates freight and passenger trains over approximately 22 000 kilometres of rails it owns in Canada and the United States. Over half of its freight traffic is in coal, grain and intermodal freight.
The TCRC (Rail Canada Traffic Controllers and the Running Trades Employees) represents approximately 220 rail traffic controllers and 4 200 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainspersons and yardmen whose collective agreements expired on December 31, 2011.
“Today, I will remind the parties that the best solution is the one they reach themselves,” added Minister Raitt. “I encourage the parties to continue negotiating and reach a prompt resolution to these disputes.”
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established to provide dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.
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