Pact Averts Strike Against VIA Rail Canada

A strike against VIA Rail Canada was averted on Tuesday when the passenger carrier reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract.

Members of Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 had been threatening to strike as early as Monday if the two sides did not reach an agreement.

That deadline was extended a couple of times before the pact was reached.

The unions represent 2,400 VIA workers who will now vote on whether to ratify the contract.

The employees involved work in rail stations, on trains, in maintenance centers, the VIA Customer Center and administrative offices.

If ratified, the contract will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022, and extend to Dec. 31, 2024. Terms of the agreement have not been released.

VIA said trains will continue to operate normally while the ratification vote is being conducted.

However, VIA said it will continue to offer passengers the opportunity to make changes to their travel plans without service fees for any departures prior to July 31, 2022.and through Dec. 31, 2024.

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