Tag: CP Rail

CP Rail planning to invest half a billion dollars in 5,900 new hopper cars

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has announced a major investment in new hopper cars following the federal government’s passage of Bill C-49. Just weeks after Canadian National Railway (CN) announced an order for 1,000 new hopper cars, CP unveiled plans on Thursday to spend more than $500 million on around 5,900 high-capacity grain cars over the… Read more »

Strike ends, as Teamsters union reaches deal with CP Rail

The union representing 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers who work for CP Rail says it has reached a tentative deal with the railway, less than 24 hours after its members went on strike. “We believe this is a fair contract that our members can feel good about ratifying. I am personally very satisfied with what… Read more »

Trudeau says gov’t won’t be “very quick” with back-to-work order, as CP Rail strike begins

Around 3,000 conductors and engineers who work for Canadian Pacific Railway went on strike on Tuesday evening after negotiations with the railway failed to yield a settlement prior to the strike deadline at 10pm eastern. Negotiations between the union and the railway are ongoing, with federal mediators involved. The union says it is willing to… Read more »

CP Rail prepping for potential strike on Tuesday night

Canadian Pacific Railway has started working toward winding down certain operations ahead of a potential strike starting Tuesday night. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the IBEW System Council No. 11, whose members include nearly 3,400 conductors, engineers and signal maintainers, on Saturday filed notice of their intent to go on strike. The earliest… Read more »

CP Rail averts strike, with unions to vote on latest offer

A strike by around 3,400 conductors, engineers and signal maintainers who work for Canadian Pacific Railway has been averted, at least temporarily. Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) would have walked off the job starting after midnight on Saturday morning. Instead, TCRC and IBEW… Read more »

Farm groups asking Ottawa to intervene in looming rail strike

Prairie grain farmers are urging the federal government to take action to prevent workers with CP Rail from going on strike as early as this weekend. A strike now would only add to the problems with grain movement this crop year. Around 3,000 conductors and engineers who are members in the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, as… Read more »

CP warns looming strike would “severely impact” rail service

Update, as of Wednesday: Both unions have served CP Rail with 72-hour strike notice, clearing the way for a strike to begin after midnight on Saturday morning. When asked on Tuesday whether the federal government would consider back-to-work legislation, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he’s following the situation closely: “Remember that we are a party… Read more »

Do Farmers Benefit When Grain Companies and Railways Have Friction with Each Other?

This week on RealAg Radio, Shaun and Kelvin debated whether farmers were benefitting from the spat between the railways and the Western Grain Elevators Association, and more specifically executive director Wade Sobokowich. See More: Railways Offering “Pretty Good” Performance, Amid PR Effort and Finger-Pointing What do you think? Is this finger pointing by the railways… Read more »

Railways Offering “Pretty Good” Performance, Amid PR Effort and Finger-Pointing

It’s not often we hear grain company spokespeople commend railways, but that’s the case this fall, as the grain supply chain handles one of the largest crops in Western Canadian history. “As a general statement, we think rail performance has been pretty good this fall,” says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator… Read more »

Dear Railways, Are You Ready?

Dear Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, It’s only the middle of June right now, but there’s potential for a big crop in Western Canada this fall. Alberta’s latest crop report pegged growing conditions at 80 percent good to excellent, eight percent better than the five-year average. The Saskatchewan ag ministry’s most recent update also… Read more »

Update: CP Rail Strike Ends, Headed to Arbitration

Updated 3pm CST February 16 Labour Minister Kellie Leitch says the CP Rail strike is over, as the railway and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference have agreed to arbitration. The federal government was planning to table legislation on Monday that would force around 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors back to work. The members… Read more »

Federal Court Rejects CP Rail Appeal, Rules in Favour of P&H on Interswitching

The Federal Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency giving Parrish & Heimbecker access to lower priced rail service from BNSF Railway in southern Alberta. CP Rail had argued it was not required to provide service at statutory interswitching rates for the P&H elevator at Milk River because one of the… Read more »

WGRF To Receive Major Payout, as CN Rail Exceeded Revenue Cap by Almost $5 Million

CN Rail exceeded its volume-based “cap” on grain revenue in the 2013-14 crop year by almost $5 million, according to a ruling issued by the Canadian Transportation Agency today. The CTA says CN’s grain revenue of $672,110,852 was $4,981,915 above its entitlement of $667,128,937. Under federal regulations, the railway now has 30 days to pay the… Read more »

Ottawa Extends and Adjusts Weekly Grain Mandates for Railways

The federal government is extending — but also reducing — the weekly minimum grain shipping requirements for Canada’s two national railways, as it aims to resolve the remainder of the grain backlog in Western Canada. A new Order in Council will take effect on Sunday, November 30th and require CN and CP Rail move between 200,000 and 465,000 tonnes of grain… Read more »

Railways Capping Orders for Grain Cars

Canada’s two major railways have changed they way they process requests for grain cars in Western Canada. To deter shippers from ordering more cars than they can handle, both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific are capping the number of outstanding orders a grain shipper can have in their systems. As of September 14th, the total… Read more »