As of now almost 5000 Canada-Pacific Rail workers are on strike. Beginning at 12:01 am operations ceased after workers went months without a contract, facing hard-line bargaining tactics. The company had threatened to shut down commuter rail lines as well, which depends on CP lines and union controllers in BC, Quebec and even GO in Hamilton, in spite of an offer from the union to keep them running but last-minute negotiations with Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt convinced the company to reconsider. Threats of back-to-work legislation have already circled, but Minister Raitt has stated at this point that she does not wish to “interfere”.

Pickets begin this morning. If you should wish to drop by with words of support or refreshments, Hamilton will see pickets at the Aberdeen Yard (by Longwood) and Kinnear Yard (by Gage Park).

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Division 295 (Toronto)
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