From June 20 to July 1, 2022 both Council 4000 and Local 100 conducted strike votes with VIA Rail members across Canada. The results for the vote were 99.4% in favour of strike action at Local 100 and 99.3 % in favour of strike action from Council 4000 members.
This is the strong mandate Council 4000 and Local 100 bargaining committees need as we continue to meet with the employer this week in Montreal. Your bargaining committees are committed to meet with VIA Rail right up to the strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Monday July 11, 2022.
The outstanding issues remain the same. The employer has refused to remove its four estoppels and concessions off the table.
At this critical time, VIA Rail members deserve the best possible agreement, and that can only be won by working together and solidarity.
The strike vote result sends a clear message to the employer: The membership supports the bargaining committee, is firm in their demands, and is prepared to take action if needed.
We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. If you have any questions with negotiations, please contact your bargaining committee members in your respective locations.
Local 100 and Council 4000 Bargaining Committees
Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor National President