TORONTO – Teamsters Canada says a strike against Canadian Pacific continues and CP has suspended its freight service across the country.

The union, which represents about 5,000 CP workers, says the two sides were unable to reach an agreement despite talks that continued until the deadline.

Both the union and CP spokesman Ed Greenberg says the negotiations will continue on Wednesday.

Of note – all GO Trains on the Milton line are expected to run as scheduled during both the morning and afternoon rush.  GO Trains out of Hamilton are also expected to run as scheduled.

There has been some question as to what (if any) affect the strike will have on VIA Rail service.  For a quick update on any affected routes – VIA suggests checking their website and you can do so by following this link to www.viarail.ca.

What we do know is that VIA Rail has a contingency plan in place to ensure that passengers who have purchased tickets will receive transportation to their destinations.  For more information you can follow this link.

SARNIA – TORONTO (TRAIN 84)
-Regular train service between Sarnia and London.
-Train will take alternate route between London and Toronto. Passengers boarding or detraining in St. Marys, Stratford, Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown, Bampton and Malton will receive alternate transportation.

TORONTO – SARNIA (TRAIN 87)
-Train will take alternate route between Toronto and London.  Passengers boarding or detraining in Malton, Brampton, Georgetown, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and St. Marys will receive alternate transportation.
-Regular train service between London and Sarnia.
 
TORONTO – SARNIA (TRAINS 85, 86, 88 AND 89)
-Passengers will receive alternate transportation.
 
ALDERSHOT – TORONTO (TRAIN 740)
-Passengers will receive alternate transportation.
 
TORONTO – OTTAWA  (TRAINS 50, 54, 44, 46, 656 AND 48)
-Regular train service between Toronto – Brockville.
-Passengers boarding or detraining in Smiths Falls, Fallowfield and Ottawa will receive alternate transportation.
 
OTTAWA – TORONTO (TRAINS 41, 51, 55, 657, 59 AND 659)
-Passengers boarding or detraining in Ottawa, Fallowfield and Smiths Falls will receive alternate transportation.
-Regular train service between Brockville and Toronto.

WHITE RIVER – SUDBURY (TRAINS 185 AND 186)
-Passengers will receive alternate transportation.

The two sides had met with federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt on Tuesday morning and continued negotiations throughout the day.

Teamsters vice-president Douglas Finnson says major points of contention are pensions, some work rules and fatigue management.

Both sides said Tuesday that commuter trains in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto would keep running in the event of a strike.