Unions postpone strike against Canadian Pacific

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A Canadian Pacific stack train passes Metra's Deerfield, Ill., station in February 2017.
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MONTREAL — Two unions, Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers, have postponed a strike that was scheduled to begin Saturday, Reuters reported.

The move came after Canada’s Labor Minister, Patty Hajdu, agreed with CP’s request to order a vote on the company’s most recent offer to the two unions. The unions have asked their members to reject the offers.

“CP succeeded in delaying the inevitable,” said Doug Finnson, president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, in a Saturday statement. “The government will bring this ridiculous offer to our members and we strongly recommend that members vote against it.”

The vote has yet to be scheduled. The unions did not release details of the offer  but said it did not address concerns over fatigue issues and wages, Bloomberg reports.

CP, which had begun preparations for a shutdown on Friday prior to the agreement, began restarting its operations on Saturday.

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