Via Rail strike averted thanks to last-minute deal with Unifor – Smithers Interior News

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Via Rail strike averted thanks to last-minute deal with Unifor

Deal keeps 2,400 workers off work, still needs to be ratified by union




Via Rail and Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 officials said a tentative agreement had been reached just before a deadline that would have seen some 2,400 workers walk off the job.

A late-night statement from Via Rail says the deal, which has yet to be ratified by the union, will be retroactive to January 1, 2022 and in effect until December 31, 2024.

Details of the new contract have not been released, but a statement from Unifor says they will be once it is ratified by members.

With the strike averted, Via Rail noted that the tentative agreements give Canadian travelers a break from the uncertainty of a potential closure.

Unifor Chief Negotiator Scott Doherty thanked union members and the traveling public “for their patience and support as we continued to bargain past the strike deadline to reach this agreement.”

As the talks continued to progress, the union offered to push back several deadlines that would have sparked industrial action and derailed the company’s operations, coast to coast.

— Canadian Press

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