Canadian Rail Union
Authorizes Strike CallWINNIPEG, Manitoba - A vote by the Associated Railway Unions has given the union a mandate to call a strike against the major Canadian railways if the current breakdown in negotiations continues, the chief negotiator for the ARU, Armand Passaretti, said.
The union voted 94 percent in favor of holding a strike if the impasse remains unsolved, he said.
However, no action will occur until Douglas Stanly, the Canadian federal government's commission conciliator, files his report - expected at the end of July.
If, by that time, the two sides have not come to an agreement, Mr. Passaretti said, you can be assured of a railway strike in August."
The railways want wage reductions to better compete in this year's federally deregulated environment. The unions are opposing such a move and are seeking additional job security.
Rail Service Links
Pacific, East Coasts
FORT WORTH, Texas - Burlington Northern and CSX Transportation have recently begun daily double-stack service between Pacific Northwest ports and the port of Baltimore, on the shortest rail route linking the two coasts.
The new service sixth-day availability and daily service each way extends the full-day advantage Pacific Northwest ports already enjoy in shipping time
from Pacific Rim countries.
The inaugural train left BN's Seattle International Gateway in the Pacific Northwest July 6 with run-through service at Chicago. CSX continued the service to its port of Baltimore marine terminal, arriving July 12.
The companies said the BN-CSX joint service also provides advantages to East Coast and European shippers in reaching West Coast destinations, Pacific Rim countries, Hawaii and Alaska through the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Portland.