VIA Rail is postponing strike deadline to midnight Monday


OTTAWA, July 11, 2022 – With negotiations between VIA Rail and Unifor continuing to progress through Monday, VIA Rail has now extended its deadline to strike to 11:59 pm Monday.

A statement issued by VIA Rail reads: “Please be advised that the union representing some 2,400 VIA Rail employees issued a strike notice to take effect on July 12, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. (ET) should no agreement be reached.

“If the union launches strike action, VIA Rail will be forced to suspend all services across the country for the safety of its passengers.

“VIA Rail is working as hard as possible to reach an agreement before the strike deadline imposed on us by the union. If the train is cancelled, your ticket will be refunded as soon as possible after the scheduled departure.”

VIA Rails says it will keep passengers informed of any potential disruption in service.

For more information, call 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245), or our TTY service (for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing) 1 800 268-9503.

“We thank you for your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause,” concludes the official statement from Canada’s national passenger rail service.

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