MONTREAL, June 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) have been in negotiations since the fall of 2012. VIA Rail is determined to reach new collective agreements with its employees represented by CAW before the legal work stoppage date of June 14th 12:01 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.
VIA Rail remains optimistic that an agreement will be reached between the parties. Parties have been in conciliation since April. They are currently in mediation.
VIA Rail will continue to be fully functional and provide the same level of service, on-time departures and arrivals, on-board quality service and safety to its passengers, employees and the public as it normally does.
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.
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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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