Canadian Pacific Rail reaches agreement with Teamsters to end strike
by The Canadian Press
Crisis averted: Full operations will resume May 31 across Canada. Railway CEO Keith Creel says the agreement is positive for 12,000 CP Rail employees, customers and the entire Canadian economy
MONTREAL—A four-year tentative agreement has been reached between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to end a strike hours after it began.
The parties also reached a five-year deal for the Kootenay Valley Railway.
Full operations at both railways will resume Thursday morning across Canada, the union said in a news release.
“We believe this is a fair contract that our members can feel good about ratifying,” stated union president Doug Finnson.
“I am personally very satisfied with what we have negotiated.”
The agreement is positive for 12,000 CP Rail employees, customers and the entire Canadian economy, railway CEO Keith Creel added in a separate news release.
“It is especially meaningful to achieve a four-year tentative agreement with our valued locomotive engineers and conductors, providing long-term stability for all parties involved,” he said in a statement.
“This is a significant step toward a renewed positive relationship growing forward together serving our customers and the Canadian economy.”
The tentative agreements must be ratified by Teamsters members over the coming months.
Details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification.