Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 28, 2012 15:25 ET

Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Protect the Canadian Economy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, introduced legislation to protect Canadian businesses, families and the economy. The Restoring Rail Service Act would end the work stoppage at the Canadian Pacific Railway.

"The Government is taking action to resume rail services for businesses, families and the economy," said Minister Raitt. "The work stoppage at the Canadian Pacific Railway is affecting industries that contribute $540 million weekly to the Canadian economy through their use of the railway. The strike will also put the jobs of thousands of Canadians at risk if it is prolonged."

The proposed legislation would end the work stoppage and send the issues in the Canadian Pacific Railway's labour disputes with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to an interest-based binding arbitration process.

"Our Government is very disappointed that agreements have not been reached and that a work stoppage is taking place," said Minister Raitt. "That is why our Government has introduced legislation to protect Canadian businesses, families and the economy.

This proposed legislation follows a strike by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference's rail traffic controllers and locomotive engineers, conductors, trainspersons and yardmen, which began on May 23, 2012.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference independently represents bargaining units of approximately 220 rail traffic controllers and 4, 200 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainspersons and yardmen whose collective agreements both expired on December 31, 2011.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559