MONTREAL, June 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada is currently in
negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union. Today, the
Corporation released its contingency plan in the event of a work
stoppage. VIA Rail is determined to reach new collective agreements
with its employees represented by CAW before the deadline of June 14th 12:01 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time.
More information about VIA Rail's contingency plan can be found on VIA
Rail's website at viarail.ca/en/collective-bargaining or by contacting 1 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245), 1 800 268-9503 (hearing
impaired). In the event of a work stoppage, VIA Rail will continue to
offer basic rail services, using qualified management employees. The
plan provides for daily morning and end-of-day departures in the Québec
City - Windsor corridor, and once-a-week service on Long-distance and
remote service trains (with the exception of trains between Sudbury and
White River, that will operate according to its normal schedule).
"VIA Rail remains committed to negotiating a fair agreement with the
Canadian Auto Workers, in a bid to avoid any disruption to the travel
plans of its customers," said Marc Laliberté, the President and Chief
Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada. "At the same time we want to
confirm that a basic service plan is ready to be put in place on all
our routes, including remote areas of the country, to ensure that
Canadians can continue to travel by train, should there be a work
VIA Rail and the CAW (which represents service, sales office and maintenance personnel), have been in negotiations since the fall of 2012. VIA Rail
remains optimistic that an agreement will be reached between the
parties. Parties have been in conciliation since April and are now
currently in mediation.
During these negotiations, VIA Rail is keeping passengers and the public
informed of any development through its website at viarail.ca, on Facebook orTwitter @VIA_rail.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2011 for the 11th time in 12 years, and of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA safely
transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the
Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.
Follow the progress of our transformation at http://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/capital-investment.
Follow us on our Evolution Blog at viaevolution.ca.
SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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