CALGARY—Given lack of progress at the bargaining table, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference formally served 72 hours’ notice of intent to strike to Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).
The union hopes to reach a negotiated settlement that its members can ratify, and to move forward without a service disruption. Talks with the company will resume in the morning of April 18.
In the event that parties are unable to reach a negotiated settlement, more than 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers will exercise their legal right to strike on Saturday, April 21 at midnight
The Teamsters claim systematic bullying of workers and “pushing them to the point of exhaustion,” is part of the reason why workers at CP have been forced to risk strike action for the third time in six years.
Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers in Canada in all industries, including over 10,000 in the rail sector.