Negotiations with VIA Continue, Set Shut-Down Protocol in Case of Dispute

June 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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The CAW continues to meet with VIA Rail with the assistance of two federal mediators. The two sides have established a shut-down protocol in the case of a dispute, which could take place shortly after the strike deadline of Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

According to the protocol outlined by VIA Rail in a letter to the CAW, crew members will go off duty in the case of a strike after detraining passengers and assisting them with alternate transportation. Crews working in the Corridor would be returned home as rapidly as possible, other than on board a train.

The union remains determined to reach a fair settlement with VIA, despite the numerous concessions that are still on the table from the company.

"The corporation continues to demand numerous changes to the agreement and including significant changes to the current benefit program in the collective agreement," said Bob Chernecki, assistant to the CAW National President, who is heading up negotiations for the union.

"There has been a take it or leave it attitude by the corporation. Despite this enormous challenge, the committee remains focused to beating back these concessions and making progress on behalf of our members," said Chernecki.

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