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VIA strike averted with tentative three-year agreement with CAW

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VIA Rail Canada said that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), and that there will be no work stoppage. The agreement must be ratified by union members.

This latest round of
negotiations between VIA and the CAW, which represents some 2,200 employees
working on board, in stations, telephone sales offices, maintenance centers and
administrative offices, began on June 21, 2010. 

"VIA is pleased that the
parties have come to an agreement and that there will be no service disruption,"
said Marc Laliberté, VIA’s President and chief executive officer. "This is
good news for our customers, our employees and Canadians."

VIA thanked the
federally-appointed mediators for their assistance and expressed regrets for
any inconvenience that the uncertainty surrounding the current negotiations may
have caused for the traveling public.

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