Unions vote on new CP contract, hope to avoid strike

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CALGARY, Alberta – Union officials representing thousands of Canadian Pacific employees say they will promptly begin negotiations with railroad officials if a three-year contract is rejected by its members today.

Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are voting on a new contract this week and the results of that election are expected at some point Friday. Teamsters Canada spokesman Christopher Monette tells the FInancial Post that its members want to avoid a strike, but that if they need to they would give 72 hours notice that they are walking off the job.

The Teamsters have gone on strike twice since 2012. One of the major issues for union officials is the railroad’s apparent inaction on dealing with fatigue among employees, Monette says. The railroad has offered a 2 percent annual wage increase to all union members as part of the new contract but union officials say that does not resolve their concerns about safety.
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