Canadian Shippers Await Government Decision as Strike Negotiations Derail

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union began bargaining earlier this month with rail operators Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) after the parties’ collective agreement expired last December. The union has vowed to strike at the earliest opportunity, which could cause widespread chaos across North American supply chains.

A strike was set for May 22 but was called off following a request from Canadian labor minister, Seamus O’Regan, to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to assess whether the strike could pose a threat to national safety (source: The Loadstar).