Friday, April 27, 2012

Teamsters weigh strike against CP

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The general committees of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing the conductors, trainmen, yardmen, locomotive engineers and rail traffic controllers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway, announced Thursday they have been authorized by their membership to launch a strike against CP as early as late May.

A release by TCRC said the parties have been negotiating since last October "in an attempt to renew the collective agreements which expired on January 1, 2012."

TCRC charged that CP "continues to seek major concessions on pensions, work rules, and wages. The union's issues concerning fatigue management and work/life balance also remain unresolved."

TCRC added, "Members have voted by a margin of 95% in favor of authorizing their bargaining committee to launch a strike if necessary. The TCRC may strike any time after May 22, 2012."

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, says it represents 5,000 conductors, trainmen, yardmen, locomotive engineers, and rail traffic controllers at CP.