OTTAWA, May 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The strike at Canadian Pacific began at 0:01 this morning.
The parties were unable to reach an agreement despite last minute negotiations right to the strike deadline.
"We have made every reasonable effort to get a settlement, said Doug Finnson, vice-president of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). Every union member knows how important the outstanding issues are. We will not walk away from the negotiation table. "
TCRC remains committed to do the best for its members. The strike has now started but talks will resume first thing in the morning.
"We would like to thank Minister Raitt once again, as well as the conciliators who tried their best to avert the strike, remarked Mr. Finnson. We are as concerned for CP's corporate customers as we were for the commuters."
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 Canad
Office : 450-682-5521 x236