Author: Stephen Alexander – Teamsters Canada, the union who represents 4,800 engineers, conductors, and rail traffic controllers, reached an impasse in the mediation with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd on May 27th, 2012..
Teamsters Canada said in a statement that the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is no longer involved in the negotiations. Moreover, no further negotiations are planned between Canadian Pacific Railway and the union.
According to Canadian Pacific Railway, the government mediator has withdrawn from the negotiations. The dispute now becomes a legislative issue in Canada, as thousands of Canadian Pacific Workers walked off their job on Tuesday night. Freight services across Canada have been halted, while commuter train services in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal still operate on Canadian Railway lines.
Canada’s largest trade and industry association, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, has asked the Canadian government to get involved in the labor conflict. Canadian manufactures and industries are losing up to C$50 million each day that the labor conflict remains unresolved.
Lisa Raitt, the Minister of Labor, said on Sunday that the government is “ready to act” on the labor issue, if the parties failed to reach an agreement. Given that the mediation is at an impasse, the “parliamentary process,” referred to by Minister Raitt on Sunday’s morning TV program, “Question Period,” is ready to begin.