Via Rail Strike Averted
CBJ — Via Rail and Unifor, the union representing 1,800 of its workers, narrowly avoided a strike at the eleventh hour that would have led to service interruptions across the country.
In a statement posted on its website Sunday night, Via Rail announced it had reached a tentative agreement with the workers’ union.
“Via Rail Canada is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Unifor, the union representing the large portion of Via Rail’s employees who work in stations, customer centres, maintenance centres, on board trains as well as administrative personnel,” the Montreal-based passenger rail service wrote.
The agreement covers Unifor National Council 4000 and Unifor Local 100 members, representing 1,968 VIA customer service, on-board service and maintenance staff.
Union members across the country will vote on the accord over the next three weeks, and the Unifor statement says no details of the tentative agreement will be released before then.