Minister Leitch encourages parties to work together to end their labour dispute
OTTAWA, March 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated the Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) for returning to the bargaining table and working to reach a new agreement.
Mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) are assisting the parties with negotiations. The FMCS provides dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.
- CN is the largest railway company in Canada and transports approximately $250 billion worth of goods annually, including natural resources, manufactured products and consumer goods. It transports products for a wide range of business sectors across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico.
- The TCRC represents approximately 3 300 conductors and assistant conductors, baggage persons, car retarder operators, yard operations employees, switch tenders, traffic coordinators and assistant traffic coordinators working for CN in Canada.
"I am pleased that CN and the TCRC have decided to resume negotiations, as the best solution is always the one that parties reach themselves. We will continue to provide the parties with the support and assistance of mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help them resolve their labour dispute."
- Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
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SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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