Monday, May 21, 2012

GO Transit News Release: Potential Canadian Pacific Rail strike could impact GO's Milton line and Hamilton station customers

TORONTO, May 21, 2012 /CNW/ - In the event of a Canadian Pacific Rail strike, rail customers along GO Transit's Milton train line and those using Hamilton GO Centre station will be impacted, as there will be no train service on the Milton line and no trains serving Hamilton GO Centre starting Wednesday morning, May 23.

GO Transit has learned that there is the possibility of a strike by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference representing CP Rail train crews and rail traffic controllers.  A strike could occur as early as midnight Tuesday.

If a CP Rail strike occurs, there will be no train service on the Milton line as GO Transit's Milton corridor is owned by CP Rail. We encourage Milton train riders to prepare in advance for alternate ways to get to and from work.  GO Bus service on the Milton line will not be affected and will continue to operate as normal. Passengers are encouraged to consider using the Lakeshore West or Kitchener train lines as possible travel alternatives.

In the event of a strike, service to Hamilton's train station may also be impacted, as CP Rail oversees the tracks in this area. All four trains originating from the Hamilton GO Centre station will now originate from Aldershot GO Station starting Wednesday morning. GO Bus shuttles will be provided to customers from Hamilton to Aldershot.

All other GO Transit rail corridors will be unaffected by a CP Rail strike.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as soon as new information is available.

Customers should visit for up-to-date information, watch and listen to television and radio news reports and sign-up for our On the GO alerts to receive customized, up-to-the-minute emails about changes to their service.


lswgirl13 said...

I can only imagine what would happen if we all decided on a work stoppage at my office. Oh no wait, no imagining, we'd all be fired.

TomW said...

@lswgirl13: You can't fire people for going on strike.

TomW said...

@lswgirl13 : Also, CP employees have been without a contract since January. Would you continue to work if your contract expired?

TomW said...

The union offered to provdie staff to keep commuter trains running in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver(source: ). CP Rail refused!

Jenn said...

Very true, lswgirl! Luckily there are protections in place for those in a legal strike position who have been forced to take such drastic action. According to the Teamsters website: "The major issues are work rules, fatigue management, and the pension plan, which the employer wants to cut by 40%." Personally, I'd like rail traffic controllers responsible for my safety not to be fatigued on the job.
Also of note - the workers want to continue operating commuter train service without disruption but CP won't allow it. Looks like management, not the workers, is to blame for the commuter mess that may ensue.

lswgirl13 said...

TomW - I'd be fired because I'm not part of a union. What can I say, I'm anti-union.