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Teamsters serves Canadian Pacific with 72 hour strike notice

File Photo - A Canadian Pacific Rail maintenance worker climbs onto a locomotive at the company's Port Coquitlam yard east of Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 23, 2012.
File Photo - A Canadian Pacific Rail maintenance worker climbs onto a locomotive at the company's Port Coquitlam yard east of Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The union representing about 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says it has formally served the company with a 72 hour notice of an intent to strike.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference cites a lack of progress at the bargaining table but says talks are set to resume on Wednesday.

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Réseau du transport métropolitan (RTM) users will not be affected as, according to Christopher Monette, director of public affairs for Teamsters Canada, these “are Bombardier employees [who] would not go on strike on Saturday.”

The union says should the two sides fail to reach a negotiated settlement, the workers will walk out at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Canadian Pacific workers voted 94.2 per cent on April 6 in favour of strike action to support their contract demands.

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The previous contract expired at the end of 2017 and federal mediators were brought in on Jan. 29, 2018.

The Teamsters reached a tentative deal with Canadian National Railway Co. last month for a new contract for about 1,700 CN locomotive engineers in Canada. Voting on that tentative deal is underway.