More than 3,000 Teamsters union members who work as engineers, conductors, trainpersons, and yardpersons for Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) have voted in favour of a strike mandate.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), in a notice to members following the end of a 17-day electronic voting period on Monday (Feb 28), said 96.7 per cent of votes were in favour of strike action.
The TCRC served a notice of dispute to the federal labour minister in early February, citing issues related to wages, benefits, and pensions.
Following the vote, the union said it will continue in the ongoing mediation process with the federally-appointed mediator/conciliator, with meetings planned for March 11 through 16.
“With the show of your overwhelming support, we are hoping that this will encourage the Company to negotiate terms acceptable to you, the members,” said the notice to union members.
The union also noted a legal work stoppage can only take place 21 days after the conciliation process is complete.