Strike notice issued to VIA by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union - Train Cancellations Pending


    MONTREAL, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada has announced that its
representatives are currently negotiating with the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference union, which represents some 340 locomotive engineers. Earlier
today, the union gave notice to the Corporation of its intent to go on strike
on Friday, July 24, 2009 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
    A federal mediator has been appointed to assist the parties in the
negotiation process.
    VIA remains hopeful that an agreement will be reached before the set
deadline. Unfortunately though, VIA has no choice but to begin to cancel
certain departures of long-distance trains to ensure that passengers will not
be stranded en-route in the event of a strike.
    In general, VIA will ensure that passengers departing prior to noon (EDT)
this Friday are transported to destination, either by train or by alternate
means.
    After noon EDT this Friday, all VIA trains will be cancelled, until a
settlement is reached. No alternate transportation will be provided. Trains on
the Sudbury-White River and Victoria-Courtenay routes will remain in service,
as they are operated by third parties on VIA's behalf.
    Customers with individual inquiries concerning their travel plans are
urged to visit viarail.ca, where information, including specific affected
trains and any exceptions, will be updated regularly. Customers may also
contact VIA at 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245) or 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
    VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this situation may cause its
customers.



For further information: Malcolm Andrews, Corporate Communications,
1-877-393-8787, malcolm_andrews@viarail.ca; Ashley Doyle, Corporate
Communications, 1-877-393-8787, ashley_doyle@viarail.ca