Official: Canada to introduce legislation to end rail strike

AP News
Posted: Feb 15, 2015 4:44 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Conservative government will introduce legislation to end a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway by more than 3,000 Teamsters members.

A government official said Sunday that the legislation will be brought forward Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The strike by 3,000 locomotive engineers and other train workers began late Saturday after contract talks failed.

Labor Minister Kellie Leitch said Saturday that the government would review its options and called a strike a "reckless disregard for Canadians, and the Canadian economy."

In 2012, the government passed legislation to force an end to a nine-day strike. It was estimated then that a prolonged strike would cost the economy $540 million a week and halt shipments of grain, fertilizer, coal, cars and other goods.