TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - As the strike deadline looms between the CAW
Local 101 and Canadian Pacific Railway, a number of complex issues have yet to
be resolved, including in the area of Skilled Trades reductions across the
country. The strike deadline is set for January 29 at 12:01am.
Bob Chernecki, Assistant to the CAW National President Buzz Hargrove,
believes the negotiations are progressing, but there are still a number of key
issues that remain concerning.
"Our negotiating committee has successfully fought back a number of
concessionary demands tabled by the company on work rules issues and various
benefits," said Chernecki.
CAW Local 101 President Tom Murphy remains optimistic that the union will
bargain a strong settlement for its members.
"We received a strong mandate from our members last week with eighty-five
per cent voting in favour of a strike, if necessary, and the company is aware
of that," said Murphy. "Our goal is to get the best possible settlement for
our members and I believe we can do that."
The federal mediator has been working with both parties and will continue
to do so until the deadline.
CPR/Local 101 negotiations have been ongoing since October 2007. Local
101 represents 2,500 members in the CP Rail system.
For further information:
For further information: Bob Chernecki, Assistant to the CAW National
President, (cell) (416) 543-7084; or Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell)
(416) 606-6311; or Brian McDonagh, National Representative, (Cell) (604)