MONTREAL, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The CAW has issued a 72-hour strike
notice to VIA Rail, notifying the company at a meeting this afternoon.
The deadline set by the union and VIA Rail is June 14 at 12:01 a.m.,
ET. The 72-hour notice is required by federal law. CAW members at VIA
voted 94 per cent of a strike if necessary, during a series of meetings
conducted across the country.
Negotiations have been ongoing since late October.
CAW President Ken Lewenza, along with the entire CAW bargaining
committee, met with VIA Rail executives today.
"The high strike vote reflects the frustrations and insecurities our
members feel at VIA," said Lewenza. "This is a direct result of a drop
in federal funding and VIA's so-called "modernization" plan which has
seen routes cut, stations closed and de-staffed. This plan is not the
path to modernizing Canada's passenger railway services."
Lewenza said that the bargaining committees are looking for a fair
settlement with VIA Rail, that will recognize their efforts on the job.
The CAW is VIA Rail's largest union, representing approximately 2,000
workers in customer service, on-board service and maintenance.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW Assistant to the National President Bob Orr 416-471-2664