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Canadian Pacific Railway has confirmed in a letter to customers that it has received a strike notice from its union representing its engineers, conductors and other train employees.

The strike notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) comes into effect on March 20th, which is the same deadline CP Rail gave the union a couple of days ago for a lockout unless a deal is reached in the ongoing contract negotiations, or the union agrees to a binding arbitration.

The two sides are at odds over 26 outstanding issues, including wages, benefits and pensions. Union members had voted 96.7% in favor of authorizing strike action, the TCRC stated in a release.

CP Rail says it has “commenced and will continue to execute” a structured shutdown of its train operations in Canada and that an “embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is now in place to be effective 00:01 Sunday March 20, 2022.”

The embargo applies to:

•    All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or US destinations
•    All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations

CP Rail adds that the embargo can be rescinded at any time and provides a number to call for information on specific impacts to shipments or other problem resolution inquiries: Customer Service at 1-888-333-8111. Customer Service through the Log an Issue tool on Customer Station or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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