VANCOUVER, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - After more than 14 months, Rocky Mountaineer is pleased to announce that its labour dispute involving Teamsters Local 31, the union that represents 103 onboard staff, has now come to an end. On Saturday, September 8, 2012, the membership ratified the new three year contract, which was recommended by the union as negotiated.
"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with the union that is fair, appropriate for the current economic climate and ensures we remain a strong company for years to come," says Ian Robertson, Spokesperson for Rocky Mountaineer. "This resolution could not have come at a better time as we turn our attention to 2013 and a number of our exciting initiatives including the launch of our new Coastal Passage route into the U.S. and expansion of our new SilverLeaf Service."
Over the course of the next few weeks, the returning unionized team will undergo a significant amount of re-training, allowing them time to ramp up to full performance. Returning workers could be back on the job as soon as Friday, September 21, 2012.
The labour unrest has been ongoing since June 22, 2011. The previous contract expired on December 31, 2010.
About Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer offers over 45 Canadian vacation packages and four unique rail routes, rich in history and natural wonders, through British Columbia and Alberta. This world renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada's West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the past 22 years, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to become the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and has welcomed more than one million guests onboard from around the world. In 2011, Rocky Mountaineer received more industry awards for service excellence than any other year in its history. Winning its sixth World Travel Award in 2011 as "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train," Rocky Mountaineer has also been recognized by National Geographic as one of the "World's Greatest Trips."
SOURCE: Rocky Mountaineer
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