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VIA Rail Canada On Strike

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Amtrak has suspended the Maple Leaf between Niagara Falls and Toronto since VIA handles the train between those stations.

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Amtrak has suspended the Maple Leaf between Niagara Falls and Toronto since VIA handles the train between those stations.

 

Dumb question. Is the Amtrak line between Albany(Plattsburgh NY) and Montreal also affected?

 

What up with Canada?;) I heard that in Toronto there been a citywide garagbe strike ongoing for couple of weeks as well.

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Dumb question. Is the Amtrak line between Albany(Plattsburgh NY) and Montreal also affected?

 

What up with Canada?;) I heard that in Toronto there been a citywide garagbe strike ongoing for couple of weeks as well.

 

The Adirondack and the train to/from Vancouver are still running. The Maple Leaf makes local stops in Canada, that's why VIA runs it from the border to Toronto.

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From a friend in Canada I was told they are calling this summer the summer of strikes.

 

Anyway hope things are patched up rather quickly, and sorry for those pax effected.

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Reminds me of the South Park Episode, Canada on Strike

 

Its over. The Via rail strike in Canada has ended. Here news story from CBC-TV.

 

Via Rail strike ends

Last Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2009

written by CBC-TV News staff.

 

Via Rail trains will be rolling again later Sunday after the company and the union for striking locomotive engineers agreed to settle their differences through binding arbitration, ending a two-day walkout.

 

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and Via Rail came to an agreement early Sunday morning after meeting with a federally appointed mediator.

Also Prime Minster Stephen Harper through direct telephone communcation between both parties, according to sources was also influential in ending the labour dispute.

 

The strike had paralyzed train passenger traffic across the country and forced Via to issue ticket refunds to thousands of customers.

 

Via Rail Canada normally shuttles about 11,000 passengers around the country every day — and as many as 12,500 daily during the summer tourism season.

 

Improved work schedules, benefits and training are among the demands of the 340 engineers, who have been without a contract for 2½ years.

 

Via Rail announced Saturday that it had issued layoff notices to hundreds of employees who work on trains and in stations and maintenance centres. Those employees have been recalled, said Via Rail spokesman Malcolm Andrews.

 

"We're very happy to get things moving during this incredibly important time of year," Andrews said after announcing that arbitrator Michel Picher will be ruling on outstanding issues in the dispute.

 

Via Rail will be looking at "innovative" ways to apologize to customers for the inconvenience caused by the strike, he said.

 

Via Rail has 10 departures scheduled Sunday, starting around 6 p.m. ET.

 

Trains will leave Montreal for arrivals in Halifax, Gaspé, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City. Others will leave Toronto for Montreal and destinations in Ontario, including Ottawa, Sarnia, Windsor and London.

 

Full service on routes across the country was to be restored on Monday.:tup:

 

c)2009 CBC-TV News, Inc.

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Not the first CN/VIA strike, and not the last, i'm just glad they finally have a new dealio to work under.

 

- A

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