OTTAWA, May 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Negotiations are ongoing with Canadian Pacific (CP) and will likely continue through the weekend. The Teamster Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) bargaining committee is meeting with conciliators and with the employer today. Pensions, fatigue management and work rules are still at issue.
"I can't help but wonder if the proxy battle within the CP Board of Directors has some life left in it. I get the sense there is a conflict behind the scenes and it may now be affecting the CP bargaining position at a critically important time." said TCRC vice-president Doug Finnson."
On the picket lines
Mr. Finnson commends the behaviour of the workers on the picket lines.
"No incident has been reported," said Mr. Finnson. "The 5000 workers we represent are disciplined. I'm very proud of them."
Dozens of photos were posted on the Teamsters Canada Twitter page, and moral is high among the striking workers.
"Thanks to the support from our members, we stand united and strong."
Teamsters Canada president Robert Bouvier has an explanation on what is behind CP's attempt to reduce pensions.
"I think there's only one reason they're asking for these concessions: to further enrich a handful of shareholders at the expense of workers. CP workers strike is in a way a battle for all Canadian workers."
Teamsters members, the public and the media are invited to follow the latest news on the strike at twitter.com/TeamstersCanada.
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
For further information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Office: 450-682-5521 x236