Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 31, 2012 19:27 ET

Legislation to End Strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Receives Royal Assent

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, announced that the Restoring Rail Service Act received Royal Assent. The legislation was introduced on May 28, 2012 to end the labour disputes involving the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.

"With no prospect of resolution in sight, the Government acted to resume rail services for businesses, families and the economy," said Minister Raitt. "This legislation will resolve the current labour disputes and end the strike at the Canadian Pacific Railway that is affecting industries that contribute $540 million weekly to the Canadian economy through their use of the railway. The strike also put the jobs of thousands of Canadians at risk."

The legislation will resume rail services at the Canadian Pacific Railway and send all unresolved issues to an interest-based binding arbitration process. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference independently represents bargaining units of approximately 220 rail traffic controllers, and 4,200 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainspersons and yardmen. The collective agreements for both units expired on December 31, 2011.

Bill C-39 was passed in the House of Commons on May 30, 2012, and in the Senate on May 31, 2012.

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  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada