TCRC and VIA Rail agree to final and
Published: July 26th 2009
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Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the Via Rail
Canada have agreed very late last night to appeal to a Federal
arbitrator who will impose a new collective agreement to both
The strike of Via Rail's Locomotive Engineers and yardmasters will
therefore end at noon today.
"We reached the conclusion that there was no possible agreement in
the short term, said Daniel J. Shewchuk, President of the Teamsters
Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents about 340 workers of
Via Rail. “That is why the parties came to the agreement to submit
their outstanding issues to final and binding arbitration."
Non-monetary issues are the main points in dispute between the
parties but wages, although not the main focus, are one of the
"The strike may have lasted for weeks or months,” says the president
of the TCRC. “After taking all the issues into consideration, we
decided that the best course of action for everyone involved would
be to address our issues by an Arbitrator. The decision to go on
strike was not an easy decision but we had to do something motivate
the employer and get the process moving”.
The arbitrator has been put into place and the issues will be
addressed as early as mid August.
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all
trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which
Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North