Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) employees have voted in favour of a strike that may start as early as March 16th. This labour dispute looms as CP works on a merger with Kansas City Southern (KCS).
Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC) which represents 3,000 conductors, engineers, train personnel, and yard personnel, has an ongoing dispute with CP about salary, benefits, and pension after the current labour agreement expired on Dec 31, 2021.
While the union have talks scheduled with federal mediators from March 11-16, the logistics industry is bracing for delays and disruptions. Though previous union strikes with CP in 2015 and 2018 were resolved within days, shippers are not taking anything for granted.
A labour dispute would lead to rail delays and congestion at rail terminals and ports. We will keep our customers updated on any impact to their shipments.
1. Canadian Pacific staff vote for strike action as merger with KCS looms, The Load Star, Mar 8, 2022. Accessed Mar 10, 2022.
2. CP’s volume, delays rising ahead of possible strike, Journal of Commerce, Mar 10, 2022. Accessed Mar 10, 2022.