BLE-RCTC strike enters its 10th day


CLEVELAND, June 27 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers-Rail Canada Traffic Controllers’ strike is entering its 10th day. The more than 200 RCTC members went on strike on June 18.

"We will continue to support these brothers and sisters until the issues in question are resolved," said BLE International President Don M. Hahs. "We still believe that what these members are asking for is fair and are disappointed that the carrier has allowed things to come to this point. Ten days is a long time to be out on strike, but these brothers and sisters are standing up for what they believe in and I commend them for that."

The BLE-RCTC has received the support of other unions. Rallies were held by the BLE-RCTC in several cities on Thursdays, including Calgary and Montreal. The striking RCTC members were joined in both cities by several hundred union members from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Canadian Auto Workers and fellow-CP Rail unions.

The negotiations between RCTC and Canadian Pacific began on September 1, 2002 with both the union and the company serving notice to commence collective bargaining as required by the Canadian Labour Code. In March 2003, the union filed for conciliation due to the fact that Canadian Pacific was placing additional demands on the RCTC and the negotiations had stalled. The government appointed a conciliator, and the parties had 60 days to reach an agreement. This period ended on May 27 with no agreement reached. A cooling off period was legally mandated and it ended on June 18.

No new talks have been scheduled.


Friday, June 27, 2003


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