CALGARY, May 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) today announced it has received 72-hour strike notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents 4,800 engineers, conductors and rail traffic controllers in Canada.
While the parties continue to meet with the assistance of the Federal mediator and conciliator service, the 72-hour notice issued by the union means a work stoppage can occur as early as 0001 on May 23, 2012.
In the event there is a work stoppage, CP will proceed with a safe and structured shut down of its train operations in Canada.
"CP believes the offer it has presented the union is fair and reasonable. We are willing to enter into binding arbitration or negotiation period extensions should an agreement not be reached at this stage," said Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Mike Franczak. "This would ensure the continued operations of freight and commuter trains on CP's Canadian Network for the benefit of our customers, communities we serve and the economy at large. Any extension to the bargaining process requires consent of the union or action of the federal government."
CP, which contributed approximately $1.9 billion of solvency deficit contributions to its pension plan over the past three years, requires changes to legacy pension and post-retirement benefits to make them industry-comparable. Among the range of proposed amendments, some of the options provide guaranteed pension payment that is a multiple of average Canadian industrial pension payment and exceeds what this union has already agreed to for the majority of its members at another major Canadian railway.
"The offer on pension aligns with the industry and allows the railway to remain competitive as we invest in strategic infrastructure upgrades along our network," said Franczak.
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