CP freight rail service was shut down shortly after midnight Wednesday morning after the railway’s management failed to reach a new labour deal with 4,800 of its engineers, conductors, and freight traffic controllers by their strike deadline. The employees, who are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), walked off the job shortly thereafter.
An embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is now in effect. This embargo applies to:
• All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or US destinations
• All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations
• The embargo can be rescinded at any time.
CP has expressed its willingness to participate in binding arbitration or negotiation period extensions. Both of these require consent of the union or action of the government and would allow CP to continue operating all Canadian rail traffic without disruption.
CP advises that all terminals are open for container pickup and return.
Montreal – Lachine – picket line set up at entrance
Toronto – CP Vaughan – picket line set up at entrance
Toronto – CP Obico – no picket line at this time
Calgary – CP Calgary – picket line set up at entrance
Edmonton – CP Edmonton – picket line set up at entrance
Saskatoon – CP Saskatoon – no picket line at this time
Regina – CP Regina – no picket line at this time
Winnipeg – CP Winnipeg – picket line set up at entrance with limited delay
Vancouver – VIF – picket line set up at entrance
For up-to-date information on specific impacts to your shipments or other problem resolution inquiries, please contact your CP Customer Service Account Representative at 1-888-333-8111, selecting Option 1, then Option 1 again to enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN), then press the # sign. Using your PIN when you call bypasses the general queue and routes you directly to your assigned rep or to a backup in the event your rep is not available. If you do not have a PIN or have forgotten it, please send an email to your rep or CST2_cgy@cpr.caand one will be sent to you for future use.
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