CP Rail Strike Legislation

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CBJ – The federal government will introduce legislation on Monday morning to end a strike by more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway employees under the Teamsters union.

The strike against CP Rail began after contract talks failed to reach an agreement before the midnight Sunday deadline.

The bill, titled “An Act to provide for the resumption of rail service operations,” is to be presented by Labour Minister Kellie Leitch,who was involved in negotiations between the two sides last week. In a Staten issued Saturday night, Leitch made it clear that the government was prepared to end the strike quickly.

“Due to this reckless disregard for Canadians, and the Canadian economy, our government will review all available options to end any work-stoppage expediently, up to and including the introduction of legislation in Parliament,” she said.

Peter Edwards, vice-president of Labour Relations for CP Rail, expressed support for the government’s move.

Unifor workers at CP Rail just recently ratified a new contract.


Arlene DickinsonPrem Watsa