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Majority of CAW-represented workers approve strike as option to prompt VIA Rail contract negotiations


Yesterday, 83 percent of VIA Rail Canada Inc. workers represented by the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union (CAW) voted in favor of a strike, if necessary, to obtain a new collective bargaining agreement.

VIA Rail and CAW officials, and a special mediator will begin full-scale bargaining on July 29.

"[Members] would prefer a good settlement to strike action, but they’re prepared to apply some pressure if need be," said the union’s chief negotiator Gary Fane in a prepared statement.

Unresolved issues include wages, pensions, disability insurance, sick leave and adequate staffing for on-train customer service.

CAW represents more than 2,500 VIA Rail workers, including reservations and sales agents, station staff, and on-board and maintenance employees.