OTTAWA, Feb. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) on their agreement to send their outstanding issues to voluntary arbitration.
As a result, the strike that began on February 15 is being suspended.
Minister Leitch worked with the parties in Montreal on February 13, 14 and 15 encouraging them to reach a negotiated agreement or agree to voluntary arbitration.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
- Four collective agreements covering approximately 3,800 running trades employees expired on December 31, 2014.
"I am extremely pleased that CP and the TCRC have decided to send their outstanding issues to voluntary arbitration. This will bring an end to the work stoppage that could have seriously harmed the Canadian economy. I applaud both parties for coming to this agreement that will ensure the continuation of Canada's rail services."
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
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