Railway back-to-work legislation going to Commons

Kellie Leitch speaking in Ottawa in March 2014. (Labour.gc.ca)

Back-to-work legislation to halt a day-old strike by engineers and conductors at Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) is scheduled for introduction Monday in the House of Commons.

Federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch is booked on the Commons’ order paper for Monday to introduce “An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations.”

CP’s engineers, conductors, trainmen and yardmen, represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, went on strike starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, after 11th-hour talks including federal mediators ended Saturday night without a new agreement.

Leitch said in a statement Sunday she found it “incredibly frustrating that the union continually stifled progress for both parties.”

She urged the union to “consider the impact of their dispute on the Canadian public, including those commuters in Montreal who will be affected by a work stoppage, and to cease all strike action and immediately return to the negotiating table.” — AGCanada.com Network


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