CP’s final offer failed to address the issues. It also underestimated workers’ anger at the company’s abusive labour relations policy and management practices.
Conductors and locomotive engineers at CP voted 94.2% to authorize strike action on April 6.
On April 20, the Minister of Labour, on the advice of federal mediators, agreed to CP’s request to order a vote on a final offer to Teamster members. This development postponed a strike that was set to begin on April 21 at 0:01 ET.
The union will give 72 hours’ advance notice before taking strike action. Teamster members who operate commuter train services in Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal will not be on strike.
Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers in Canada in all industries, including over 10,000 in the rail sector. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
Director of Public Affairs, Teamsters Canada