CPRail backs off from talks with Teamsters

    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Negotiations between CPRail and the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way Employees Division
(TCRC MWED) broke down on March 30th in Montreal.
    Talks were tentatively scheduled to resume on April 16th in Calgary but
the company has backed away.
    "On April 11th, the company suggested the 16th to the 19th in Calgary and
we responded to say that we were available and to let us know a location."
    William Brehl President of the TCRC MWED said.
    "The company then responded with second thoughts about meeting and
committed to meeting only if the government mediators, who were released on
April 2nd, thought it would be a good idea. At this point we have not heard
back. Though both parties are presently committed to their positions, we do
not believe that a negotiated solution can be found if there is no dialogue."
    The TCRC MWED's contract expired on December 31, 2006 and the parties
have completed the mandatory 60 day conciliation period without coming to
agreement. They are now in the 21 day "cooling off" period prior to being in
position to serve 72 hour strike/lockout notice.
    The Union has put out a secret strike vote which will be completed on
April 17th. If the mandate is in favour of a work stoppage, it could put the
Union on strike as early as April 25th.
    Though negotiations may continue during the "cooling off" period, the
Union states that the company has not been receptive.
    "The Teamsters want a negotiated settlement. We do not want the
government to have to step in. We do not want to disrupt the country. We
believe that a negotiated settlement is possible, but only if the parties sit
down and talk. However, that is obviously not the company's wish, so we will
be governed accordingly." Brehl said earlier today.

For further information:

For further information: William Brehl, (613) 733-4456, (519) 819-1530,

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