Canada proposes freight service bill

Dec 17, 2012 | 05:38 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Canada, Canadian Pacific, Teamsters union, transportation minister, rail service agreement, legislation, arbitrator, strike labor contract

CHICAGO — In the wake of a major Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) strike last spring, two Canadian officials have introduced legislation that would allow companies to negotiate service agreements with railroads and create an arbitration process if commercial negotiations fail.

Canada’s minister of transport, infrastructure and communities Denis Lebel and agriculture minister Gerry Ritz introduced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, which, if passed, will "help shippers maintain and grow their businesses while ensuring that railways can manage an efficient shipping network for everyone," Lebel said in a statement last week. ....

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