Rail strike delayed as CIRB reviews public health and safety aspect of a potential lockout

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Potential rail strikes that could have started as early as May 22nd, have been postponed due to the recent referrals made to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) by the Labour Minister on the maintenance of critical services that may affect the safety or health of the public. CIRB has set the deadline for input from interested parties to express their concerns specific to the issues in the Minister’s referrals as May 21st. CIRB will then give the parties at the bargaining tables until May 31st to respond. Until the CIRB issues its decisions, on whether it can satisfy the Minister’s concerns, no strike or lockout can occur.

Yesterday Canadian National (CN) presented a simplified offer to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) that eliminates the hourly rate and scheduling proposal and remains compliant with the Federal Government’s Duty and Rest Period Rules (DRPR). Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) issued an update noting that collective bargaining with TCRC resumed today with the assistance of federal mediators. On Wednesday, CPKC voluntarily offered to enter binding arbitration to avoid a work stoppage, however, the TCRC declined.

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