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July 21, 2007
 
CAW reaches tentative agreement with VIA Rail avoiding strike action
Only 24-hours before the July 22nd strike deadline, the CAW reached a tentative agreement with VIA Rail.  

The CAW's VIA Rail leadership from across Canada will arrive in Montreal on Monday to review and discuss the new agreement.  Ratification meetings will
begin shortly thereafter.

CAW VIA Rail members have been without collective agreements since all three expired on December 31, 2006.  The two parties have been in negotiations
since October 2006 and have been working with the assistance of two federal conciliators.

The 2,600 CAW members at VIA had voted for a strike deadline of July 22nd at 00:01 hours if an agreement could not be reached.

The CAW Bargaining Committees (Council 4000 and Local 100) believes that this is an excellent agreement on behalf of their members and unanimously
recommends the ratification of this tentative agreement.     

Related:
July 20 - CAW Railfax: Update on VIA Negotiations

July 20 - Countdown at VIA Rail as CAW prepares July 22nd strike action

July 19 - CAW Railfax: Update on VIA Negotiations

July 16 - CAW VIA Rail members vote 93.6% in favour of strike action
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