Ottawa, May 27, 2012 -- The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is no longer involved in the negotiations process between Canadian Pacific (CP) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) since 1400 Eastern Time. There is no other meeting planned with CP for the moment. In brief, the talks are stalled.
"Unfortunately, the company negotiated in bad faith despite Minister Raitt’s wishes, said Doug Finnson, Vice-President of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. Canadian Pacific was hiding behind the Federal Government since the very beginning of the process."
The Teamsters Union made sure that the commuter trains in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal were operated properly and had no impact on the commuters. Let’s recall that CP rail disagreed with this proposal at first, but changed their mind after a meeting with Minister Raitt.
It appears that the strike will continue as long as the back to work legislation is not passed.
"We know a back-to-work legislation is unavoidable, explained Mr. Finnson. But the fatigue management issues will have to be addressed because it could have important consequences on the members."
Teamsters Canada’s President Robert Bouvier is outraged by the attitude shown toward those who make the success of the rail company.
"Canadian Pacific wants to tackle a pension plan that workers have accumulated over years of hard work. The company is hiding behind the usual excuse: i.e. that the company should be more and more profitable. Meanwhile, the workers suffer the consequences! "
CP proposed significant reductions for TCRC’s members. Meanwhile management within the same pension plan are scheduled for increases despite contributing nearly half of what our members contribute.
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The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Office: 450-682-5521 x236