WRAPUP 2-CP Rail's train engineers, conductors go on strike in Canada - union

Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:35am EST
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(Adds CP Rail, Teamsters' comments)

TORONTO Feb 15 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway's train engineers and conductors walked off the job on Sunday as a midnight deadline to reach agreement on a new contract passed, setting the stage for back-to-work legislation to be enacted by the government.

Canada's No. 2 railway had reached a last-minute deal with another union, Unifor, which represents safety and maintenance workers minutes before the deadline.

But it did not agree terms with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represent more than 3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors.

"Picket lines are now being set up across Canada and the rail shut down is happening," TCRC President Douglas Finnson said in a statement.

The Teamsters and Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, had both set a Feb. 15 strike deadline.

CP said it was disappointed talks had broken down and its offer for "immediate mediation and arbitration" rejected.

CP, which also has a substantial U.S. network, said last week that its managers will be ready to take over if engineers and conductors go on strike. On Sunday, it said it will deploy its contingency plan and operate reduced freight service on its Canadian network.

A strike would reduce earnings per share by about one cent per day, the Calgary-based company previously said.   Continued...