Canadian Pacific Railway ‘went too far,’ says Teamsters

CIRB files order with court to force railroad to stop cancelling local agreements
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/22/2013

Canadian Pacific Railway has allegedly ignored an order by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to stop unilaterally cancelling local agreements, according to the Teamsters. In response, the board has filed its order with the Federal Court of Canada to give it the full weight of a court order.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) filed a complaint with the CIRB in October 2012, claiming CPR was participating in unfair labour practices and cancelling local agreements.

The board decision found “that the employer’s actions in cancelling a large majority of the local agreements at the time and in the manner that it did, violated section 94(1)(a) of the code. The parties will find attached an order directing the employer to cease and desist from the wholesale cancellation of local agreements and to reinstate the local agreements that were cancelled.”