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Strike: Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

Strike: Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

Given lack of progress at the bargaining table, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference formally served 72 hours’ notice of intent to strike to Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

The union hopes to reach a negotiated settlement that its members can ratify, and to move forward without a service disruption. Talks with the company will resume in the morning of Wednesday, April 18.

In the event that parties are unable to reach a negotiated settlement, over 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers will exercise their legal right to strike on Saturday, April 21 at 0:01 a.m. ET.

Bullying and exhaustion

Systematically bullying workers, while pushing them to work well beyond their point of exhaustion, is part of the reason why workers at CP have been forced to risk strike action for the third time in six years. Background on the current negotiations can be found here:

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers in Canada in all industries, including over 10,000 in the rail sector. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.