April 19, 2018 – In a customer advisory sent Wednesday evening April 18, Canadian Pacific said it had received notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Train and Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that members of the respective unions would be withdrawing services to operate freight and passenger trains and to maintain CP’s signaling systems in Canada effective 0001, Saturday, April 21.
CP said it has commenced and will continue to execute a safe and structured shutdown of its train operations in Canada.
An embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is in place to be effective 0001 Saturday April 21. The embargo applies to:
· All shipments originating in Canada that are billed to any Canadian or U.S. destination
· All shipments originating in the United States that are billed to any Canadian destination
· The embargo can be rescinded at any time
Canaan Transport has already received notices from carriers that they will stop accepting any containers for CP shortly. CP said it will continue to bargain in good faith with the TCRC and the IBEW and remains committed to achieving a win-win solution for the company and the two unions.