Teamsters Canada Reports Canadian Pacific Locked Them Out

Shortly after midnight on March 20, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) announced the Canadian Pacific Railway locked the union workers out.

Early March 19, the Canadian Pacific (CP) informed customers that, while it would continue to bargain in good faith with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) leadership “to achieve a negotiated settlement or enter binding arbitration,” the railroad was commencing to execute a safe and structured shutdown of its train operations for traffic moving in and through Canada. This was done in case the negotiations failed.

Under the shutdown, an embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is now in place to be effective 00:01 Sunday March 20, 2022. This embargo applies to:

– All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or U.S. destinations;

– All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations.

In addition, the embargo can be rescinded at any time.

The TCRC reported, “Despite the best efforts of the TCRC Negotiating Committee, a lockout would occur at CP.” A lockout is a work stoppage initiated by company management during a labor dispute. Unlike a strike, in which employees refuse to work, a lockout is initiated by the employer, noted the news release from TCRC.

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