Shutdown begins at CP Rail as union, company continue negotiating

The corporate and the union are pointing fingers of blame at one another for a shutdown of Canadian Pacific Railway operations that started Sunday whereas the 2 sides remained on the bargaining desk.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Convention, which represents some 3,000 engineers, conductors, yard employees, and different prepare workers, issued a launch simply earlier than midnight saying a lockout was being initiated by administration on the Calgary-based railway.

However hours later the corporate put out a launch stating that whereas the corporate was nonetheless engaged in contract talks facilitated by federal mediators, the TCRC “withdrew its providers and issued a information launch misrepresenting the standing of the talks.” It added that CP was working with its clients to wind down its operations throughout Canada.

The union then issued a subsequent launch which stated that along with the lockout, Teamsters Canada Rail Convention members had been additionally on strike at CP all through the nation with picketing underway at numerous Canadian Pacific places.

The workplace of federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan stated in an announcement that whereas the work stoppage had begun each events had been nonetheless on the bargaining desk with mediators and it anticipated “the events to maintain working till they attain an settlement.” The greater than two dozen excellent points within the dispute embrace wages, advantages and pensions.

Final week, about 45 business teams warned that any disruption of rail service would hinder Canada’s freight capability and harm the broader economic system because it grapples with inflation, product shortages, rising gas prices and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

CP Rail had issued a 72-hour discover to the TCRC of its plan to implement a lockout on Sunday if the union and the corporate failed to achieve a negotiated settlement or conform to binding arbitration.

The union stated in its launch that it wished to proceed bargaining however “sadly, the employer selected to place the Canadian provide chain and tens of hundreds of jobs in danger.”

TCRC spokesperson Dave Fulton referred to as the flip of occasions “disappointing” saying the railway should be “taken to job” for this resolution.

He stated the union was keen to discover an arbitrator’s resolution however was unable to achieve an settlement with the employer.

“They set the deadline for a lockout to occur tonight after we had been keen to pursue negotiations,” he stated. “Much more so, they then moved the goalpost when it got here time to debate the phrases of ultimate and binding arbitration.”

CP, for its half, blamed the union for the shutdown.

“That is clearly a failure of the TCRC Negotiating Committee’s accountability to barter in good religion,” it stated in its assertion.


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