The parties have been negotiating since October 2011 in an attempt to renew the collective agreements, which expired on January 1, 2012. Despite months of bargaining, the railway continues to seek major concessions on pensions, work rules and wages. The Union's issues concerning fatigue management and work/life balance also remain unresolved.
Members have voted by a margin of 95 percent in favor of authorizing their bargaining committee to launch a strike if necessary. The TCRC may strike anytime after May 22, 2012.