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CP Rail could be hit by strike as early as Feb. 15


CALGARY, Alta. — Canadian Pacific has received notice that more than 3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors could walk off the job as early as 12:01 a.m. Feb. 15.

The workers are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades (TCRC) union. CP says it offered a fair package to its unionized workers.

“CP’s offers included wage increases, better benefit plans, and the re-instatement of the Employee Share Purchase Plan in a long-term agreement,” said Peter Edwards, vice-president, human resources and labour relations. “We also proposed a model that will improve the scheduling of regular time off and quality of life while enhancing our service and efficiency, but the union has not been interested.”

CP says it asked the union to begin negotiating a new contract in December 2013, a year before it was set to expire.

“Canadian Pacific is committed to finding a workable solution with the union and continues to bargain in good faith,” Edwards said.

CP says it will implement an extensive contingency plan by deploying qualified management employees to maintain a reduced freight service on its Canadian network, should a strike occur.

It will be notifying customers on how a strike will affect them.


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