Canadian Pacific train crews vote down contract

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CALGARY, Alberta — Canadian Pacific conductors and engineers have voted down a proposed one-year renewal of their collective agreement contract.

Employee union representatives at the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing some 3,050 employees of Canadian Pacific, voted 67.1 percent against the extension recently.

On Sept. 6, negotiators with Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters reached a tentative agreement to extend the agreement that CP officials lauded as providing “a number of benefits and certainty over the next year, while protecting customers’ and future customers’ interests.”

“We look forward to working with the union membership to better understand this result and to discuss next steps,” CP CEO Keith Creel said in recent news release. “While disappointed, I have been clear that we are focused on improving our relationship with our [train and engine] employees and that commitment remains unchanged.

In 2012, a similar failure to extend the agreement led to CP employees going on a two-week strike and the Canadian government passing back-to-work legislation. The current agreement will expire on Dec. 31.

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